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Mayor slams criticism as ‘tittle-tattle’

 
 
 

Cllr Paul Gallagher.

AN accusation that Strabane was not represented during council’s recent trade delegation to the USA has been branded as “tittle-tattle”.

During a recent meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council independent councillor Paul Gallagher alleged that Mayor John Boyle had neglected to mention Strabane during one of his speeches in New York. Cllr Gallagher said he had been contacted by a former Strabane person who attended the event and who suggested the vast majority of Mayor John Boyle’s talk had been Derry-centric.

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“Strabane only got a mention as in the district council area,” Cllr Gallagher told council. “When you’re going… It’s very important that you represent the entire district.

“Strabane requires tourism…”

However it was at this point that Cllr Gallagher’s point was cut short by Mayor Boyle, who muted the Strabane man’s microphone.

“I categorically refute that allegation,” Mayor Boyle said. “I’m not having tittle-tattle.”

The mayor went on to say that he mentioned Strabane “umpteen times” during the trade visit.

This is the second visit by the council to the city of Philadelphia and was reportedly organised to build on the initial good work that was done during a visit to the city last year.

In New York, in addition to attending the Clipper Connect Business Series event, the Derry and Strabane delegation met with the British and Deputy Irish Consul General and took part in a City Region of Opportunities event that was attended by business investors and tourism culture, diaspora to showcase the region and up and coming events including the Foyle Maritime Festival and the International Halloween festival.

“Derry City and Strabane was well represented,” Mayor Boyle continued. 

“I’m not having this.”

Cllr Gallagher was allowed to finish his point by saying, “I was sent a photo and you were standing in front of a photo, ‘Visit Derry’. I rest my case. Rate-payers of Strabane paid for your visit as well, they’re entitled to their say.”

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