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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin was delighted to welcome children from Ballyholland Primary School’s Student Council to the Council Chamber in Monaghan Row, Newry.

The young student councillors were keen to learn more about how their Council works and what role Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin plays as First Citizen.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin held a reception to welcome Ballyholland Primary School Council members along with Niamh Walsh, School Council Co-ordinator.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin held a reception to welcome Ballyholland Primary School Council members along with Niamh Walsh, School Council Co-ordinator.

Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I was delighted to welcome the young children from local Ballyholland Primary School to Monaghan Row. This was a wonderful opportunity for the young people to learn about the Council’s many departments, different aspects of the Council’s work as well as the schemes and programmes that the Council runs.”

“Visits like this help the students to learn about and understand the civic role the Council plays. I was also pleased the we could take this opportunity to highlight some of the initiatives that are aimed at improving lifestyle and health of all citizens.”

The student councillors spent some time in the Council Chamber debating their ideas on the best way to improve their local area. The young people took part in a mini meeting with the Chairman where they were able to ask him questions about his role. The Council’s Health Inequalities Officer, added to the visit with a presentation about the Council’s health initiatives such as the ‘Daily Mile Scheme’ and the ‘Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing’.

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