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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council have bid farewell to outgoing Council Chief Executive Liam Hannaway in an event hosted by Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey. 

Mr Hannaway was appointed as CEO of the new Newry, Mourne and Down Council in 2014 following the amalgamation of Newry and Mourne and Down District Councils and he retires this month. Marie Ward has been appointed as the new CEO and takes up her appointment in November.

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Vice Chairperson Councillor Terry Andrews and elected councillors and MLA representatives attend the retirement dinner for Liam Hannaway.
Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Charlie Casey, Vice Chairperson Councillor Terry Andrews and elected councillors and MLA representatives attend the retirement dinner for Liam Hannaway.

 The celebratory event took place last week at Killeavy Castle and Councillor Casey reflected on Mr Hannaway’s many years in public service and his dedication to Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. 

Cllr Casey said: “Liam has spent 39 years in public service. Appointed as Chief Executive to the Council in 2014, he led the Council through the biggest restructure of local government since 1979. He amalgamated the councils of Newry and Mourne District Council and Down District Council, putting into place new governance and management structures, ensuring that there was no break in service to the residents of the district. 

Pamela Arthur, Chief Executive of East Border Region with Councillor Terry Andrews, Councillor Robert Burgess, Seamus Neilly, Chief Executive of Donegal City Council (second left), Councillor Mickey Ruane, and Roger Wilson, Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (right), present Liam Hannaway with a retirement gift at his farewell dinner in Killeavy Castle.
Pamela Arthur, Chief Executive of East Border Region with Councillor Terry Andrews, Councillor Robert Burgess, Seamus Neilly, Chief Executive of Donegal City Council (second left), Councillor Mickey Ruane, and Roger Wilson, Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (right), present Liam Hannaway with a retirement gift at his farewell dinner in Killeavy Castle.

“With his wealth of experience and knowledge, and with a deep commitment to the betterment of the district, Liam has worked with local councilors and staff, and leaves the Council with the foundations to develop and excel.

Chief Executive Liam Hannaway is joined by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council colleagues. Back row (left to right): Conor Mallon, Roland Moore, Johnny McBride and Michael Lipsett. Front row (left to right): Marie Ward, Aisling Murray, Liam Hannaway, Dorinnia Carville and Catrina Miskelly.
Chief Executive Liam Hannaway is joined by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council colleagues. Back row (left to right): Conor Mallon, Roland Moore, Johnny McBride and Michael Lipsett. Front row (left to right): Marie Ward, Aisling Murray, Liam Hannaway, Dorinnia Carville and Catrina Miskelly.

“Under Liam’s leadership, the Council has made strides in delivering for all the people in the district. There has been a 44% increase in visitor spend to our area. The Community Plan framework and the seven District Electoral Area Forums have been created. New jobs and businesses have been created and promoted; and both Newry and Downpatrick have seen state-of-the-art leisure centres opened. Crucial partnerships have been agreed—including working as a key partner in the Belfast Region City Deal, which will bring a transformation in our infrastructure, tourism and regeneration.

“As Liam retires, I would want to thank him for his many years of service and wish both him and his family every success in the future.”

 

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