Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan (Vice President AILG), Cllr Seamus Butler, AILG President Cllr Luie McEntire and Chief Executive of Longford Co Co Paddy Mahon. Photo: Michelle Ghee
Hundreds of local politicians from across the country are in Longford this afternoon as the first of a two day Annual Association of Irish Local Government Training Conference (AILG) gets underway.
The Longford Arms Hotel is the setting for an occasion which is expected to see anything up to 300 county councillors attend.
Cathaoirleach Cllr Luie McEntire and chairperson of the AILG, opened the event earlier this morning.
That was followed by speeches from both Longford Municipal District Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus Butler and Longford County Council Chief Executive Paddy Mahon.
Other speakers at the event include Ciaran Corcoran, Site Director Abbott Diagnostics Longford, who will speak on 'Business & Local Government - Working Together'; Sheila Reilly, Group Head of Digital Iconic Newspapers, will address the conference on 'Challenges for the Local Press'.
Martin Morris, County Archivist Longford County Council, and Liam Kenny, Director AILG, will give a presentation on '120th Anniversary of Ireland's County Councils'. Minister for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan TD will be the guest speaker at the conference dinner.
Tomorrow morning, Friday, February 22, Daragh Feighery, General Manager Center Parcs Longford Forest, will speak to delegates on 'Center Parcs Ireland - Delivering a €200m Investment to Longford' and Anne Heraty, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Cpl Resources Plc, will give a presentation on 'Government Facilitating Business'.