Council considers recognition for staff

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Chief Executive has confirmed a form of recognition for frontline staff who worked throughout lockdown is currently being considered.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 10:09 am

At a full meeting of Council on Monday, July 22, DUP Councillor Darryn Causby asked Council’s Chief Executive, Roger Wilson, if any recognition was to be forthcoming for those who have worked on the frontline during the pandemic.

“We are meeting remotely whilst those on the lorries cannot social distance,” said Cllr Causby.

“What plan is there to recognise the service they have given and what are the thoughts of the Chief Executive and direction in relation to some form of recognition?”

In response, Council’s Chief Executive, Roger Wilson, confirmed this issue was currently being discussed by council officers.

“This issue was raised by members at the party leader’s forum,” said the Chief Executive.

“It was acknowledged that there needed to be a way for Council to recognise their contribution.

“There are a range of staff helping out in a number of ways and that is something we are working on and officers are looking at it.”

During the discussion, council members from across the political spectrum paid tribute to council staff who worked throughout lockdown on the frontline.

Sinn Fein Councillor Liam Mackle said: “The staff have been our our heroes throughout this”, while Ulster Unionist councillor Julie Flaherty said they had been heroes and praised the waste management team for “keeping the bin lorries on the road and never missing a collection”.

SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon said throughout this crisis, council staff have not been found wanting.

“Our people have not been found wanting,” said Cllr O’Hanlon. “I want to put on record my sincere thanks for that.

“From my personal experience I can say around Armagh the staff worked to keep the streets clean and ensured the bins were emptied and I thank them for that, they are a credit to our borough.”