A Monaghan councillor was recently elected chairperson of the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN). Speaking to Northern Sound, Cllr Seamus Coyle said he "looks forward" to the year ahead and working with the eight membership councils for the betterment of all border communities. Cllr Coyle believes it is essential for the cross border group to work together, share experiences and find solutions in such changing and challenging times.
During his tenure as chairperson, Cllr Coyle said that he will focus on cross-border cooperation when dealing with important issues such as roads infrastructure, broadband and investment.
He added that it is "very important" that the body works hard to promote the area and the common interests of border people.
"Particularly in these times, we need good cross border cooperation, particularly in light of Brexit," he said. "This is a body where all political differences are put aside for the betterment of the region of the central border area."