Magherafelt public figures looking forward to new year

Magherafelt Councillor Jim Campbell - looking forward to travelling in 2014.
Magherafelt Councillor Jim Campbell - looking forward to travelling in 2014.
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LEADING a healthier life, pursuing ‘must-do’ pastimes and working for the greater good, are among the goals sought by members of the community and public figures for the year 2014.

When questioned about their New Year’s Resolutions, a few declined to comment. However, others had no hesitation in sharing their aspirations for the incoming year...

Father Andrew Dolan of Bellaghy Parochial House, who buried Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney in September last, happily shared his resolution with the MAIL.

With customary wit and humour, he quipped: “I don’t want to make any new resolutions; I just want to repair the ones that are broken!”

And Paul McLean, DUP Group Leader of Magherafelt District Council (MDC), revealed: “My New Year’s resolution for me and my entire community can be summarised in the scripture portion Proverbs 3: 5 & 6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding” and “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

His DUP colleague Anne Forde, MDC Vice Chair, disclosed: “My New Year’s Resolution would be to work for my constituents to ensure that everyone can enjoy a good quality of life.”

Like many, the Sinn Fein Leader of MDC, Sean McPeake, wishes “to commit to have a healthier and fitter lifestyle.”

And, Jim Campbell, Magherafelt SDLP councillor, is resolute regarding his resolution! “I’m looking forward to travelling to a few places that I haven’t seen before it’s too late,” he joked. “I will be going to the Somme in July for the first time. I’m working on other destinations and have a few places in mind...”