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Derry and Strabane's new mayor pledges to be 'inclusive'

By Donna Deeney

The new mayor of Derry and Strabane is Sinn Fein's Maoliosa McHugh - the first time a Strabane councillor has held the position since the two councils amalgamated in 2012.

After his nomination he was invited to take his seat by the outgoing mayor Hilary McClintock who congratulated him before placing the Chain of Office on his shoulders.

After SDLP councillor John Boyle was elected deputy mayor, the new mayor said much of his year will be focused on the effects Brexit will have on the north west region. He said: "It is a time of great political and social change both at local and central government level and it is a challenge for local government as to how this changes are managed.

"I pledged as mayor to be inclusive, providing civic leadership and support to all communities. I will seek to promote respect, inclusive politics and equality.

"I believe the greatest challenge facing this region at present is Brexit and all of its implications. Strong links have been forged with our neighbours in Donegal and I will continue to support the development of these strong bonds as we work together to mitigate the impending negative effects of Brexit."

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