Ballymoney DUP Councillor, Ivor Wallace, has this evening been installed as the new Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council at this evening’s Annual General Meeting.
Party colleague Councillor John McAuley made the nomination, asking Alderman John Finlay to present the chain of office to the new Mayor.
Party Group Lead, Councillor McAuley said: “I had the privilege tonight of nominating my colleague Councillor Ivor Wallace as the DUP Mayor for 2022/2023.
“I have no doubt that Ivor will be a dedicated representative for the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough and wish him well for his year in office.“
In presenting the chair, Alderman Finlay said Councillor Wallace would make a ‘tremendous Mayor for the people of Ballymoney’ and wished him well.
Opening his maiden speech, the Mayor said: “It’s great to see that chamber tonight so well filled, and I hope that’s a sign of things to come.”
Continuing, “First, I would like to thank my party (DUP) for selecting me to be Mayor this year. It’s not an honour i thought i would ever have.
“I want to especially mention my friend Alderman Finlay, who would have liked to have had this honour, but due to his failing health, he has stood aside.”
Reading a passage of scripture from the book of Matthew, Councillor Wallace concluded: “I am not here in this chair to be served nor to be any better than anyone else in this chamber. I am here to serve.”
“I pray that I can be as good as an example that I possibly can to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.”
Councillor Wallace paid tribute to both the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Richard Holmes and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ashleen Schenning, thanking them for their work over the previous year.
Sinn Fein MLA Caoimhe Archibald congratulated new Deputy Mayor saying: “Delighted for my friend and colleague Kathleen McGurk Sinn Féin who has tonight been selected as deputy mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens council.
“She will be a first class deputy mayor for all the people of Causeway Coast and Glens.”
Following several expressions of congratulations from the chamber and Councillor Kathleen McGurk nominated to the position of Deputy Mayor. Councillor Wallace read a poem he wrote in Ulster-Scots to the chamber, officially beginning his year in office.
Councillor Holmes is the Mayor nae mair,
har wasnae bad tae bae fair.
Fur noo it’s done,
an A’m sure hae’s a leest had sum fun.
a’m lulin furward tae this yeir,
an a’m sure i’ll hae plenty tae fear.
A’ll naw pleese yae aal, A ken that,
A’ll try tae bae fair, but a’ll bae nae dourmat.Mr Mayor, Councillor Ivor Wallace
Councillor Wallace has been an elected member since 2019, and he represents the Ballymoney District Electoral Area, where he has lived for the past 35 years.
Reflecting on his new role following the anuall meeting, Ivor said: “I just love where I live, and I am passionate about my DEA in Ballymoney and indeed all of Causeway Coast and Glens.
“I am looking forward to taking on the role of Mayor this year and I will do my best to promote every corner of the Borough.
“During the year ahead, I want to support local retailers and see local businesses thrive in these difficult times. I want to see events in the Borough that both increase footfall and the economic return for our business community.
“Causeway Coast and Glens is the envy of all the other councils in Northern Ireland with our beautiful coastline, wonderful attractions, world-class golf courses, great towns and friendly hardworking citizens and I will endeavour to promote our area wherever possible.”