I’ll put people before politics, says new Council chair

Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Alex Baird

Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Alex Baird

THE new chairman of Fermanagh District Council is the UUP’s Alex Baird.

Announced at Monday’s meeting of the Fermanagh District Council, Alex, who lives at Dairies Road, Roosky, on the Shore Road, became chairman for the second time, having held the position in 2007/8.


Having accepted the role, Alex described it as a ‘privilege’, and said that his theme is ‘putting Fermanagh first’.

He thanked his colleagues, and his wife, Joy.

“It would be remiss of me not to thank my wife for supporting me in her various unpaid roles of secretary, driver, office manager, advisor, and indeed many others. She knows that she will be seeing a lot less of me in this council term, but maybe from her position every cloud has a silver lining.”

And, he noted that he’ll not be taking an ‘a la carte’ role as chairman when it comes to invitations to various events.

“As I did last time I was chairman I will put party affiliation on the back-burner and do all I can to be a chairman for all Fermanagh citizens.

He concluded, saying that he hoped the council, for the 2013/14 year will be a ‘a harmonious and productive one, with us all working in the best interests of Fermanagh and its citizens’.

Good news was also on the cards for Sinn Fein Councillor, Barry Doherty, who was confirmed as vice-chairman for the year.


Chairman Baird described him as a ‘very civil fella’, and added that there’ll be ‘no problem in working with him’.

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