Newry Town Councillors
Charlie lives in the Plunkett Street area of Newry and has been a councillor since 2001. During his political life he has been chair of all of the council’s major committees and he served as Mayor of the district in 2012. Charlie currently sits on committees such the Arts and Museum Committee , the Building Control and Environmental Control Committee, Clare Twinning Committee, the Confederation of Community Groups , the Economic and Finance Committees and the joint committee between Newry & Mourne and Louth Councils. Charlie is a Governor of St Joseph’s High School and Bunscoil an Iúir.
Valerie was first elected to Newry & Mourne Council in 2011 and is therefore serving her first term as an elected representative. Valerie hails from Mount Pleasant and is an active member of Newry’s Noel Madden Cumann. Over the years Valerie has become an invaluable activist helping to coordinate registration drives and canvass teams at election time. As a councillor she serves on council committees such as Finance, Building Control & Environmental Control, Community, Sport and Public Works, Valerie is a management committee member of High Street and Barcroft Community Centres. Valerie is heavily involved in Threeways Community Project and she has participated in many overseas trips with the Threeways youth group.
25 year old Liz Kimmins was raised in the Barcroft area of Newry before moving to Cloughoge in South Armagh a number of years ago to live with her grandmother. At a young age Liz began volunteering with Barcroft Community Association and it was this experience which whetted her appetite for community development. Liz received her early education in St Malachy's Primary School, Carnagat and the Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry. She attended John Moore's University in Liverpool where she studied Applied Community & Social Studies. Following this she worked locally in a nursing home. In 2010 Liz decided to return to education and she graduated from QUB in 2012 as a fully qualified social worker. Liz took up employment with Community Restorative Justice (CRJ), Newry, where she is Project Co-ordinator for the DSD funded 'Safer, Stronger Communities' project. Liz has worked on this project, which operates in Newry's neighbourhood renewal areas for the past year and she enjoys the community element of her work.