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Published 04 April 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council has signed a formal friendship agreement with Letterkenny Municipal District, in Donegal, Ireland.

Both authorities have agreed as part of the Charter to encourage and strengthen links between the citizens of both communities.

Provost William Hendrie welcomed Donegal County Council’s Mayor, Councillor Ian McGarvey, and officials to Clydebank on Saturday.

During the ceremony, Provost Hendrie, Bailie Denis Agnew and Mayor McGarvey each signed the charter, which reads: “We, the representatives of West Dunbartonshire Council and Letterkenny Municipal District, hereby confirm that we are joined in a formal friendship agreement.

“We undertake to encourage educational, sporting, tourism, economic and individual links between the citizens of our two areas.

“We enter into this agreement in the spirit of mutual cooperation and friendship for the benefit of our two communities.”

Also in attendance was Consul General of Ireland to Scotland Mark Hanniffy, councillors, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, Gil Paterson MSP, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire Mr Owen Sayers, Sister Rita Dawson MBE, Chief Executive of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and other invited guests.

Consul General of Ireland to Scotland Mark Hanniffy, councillors, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, Gil Paterson MSP, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire Mr Owen Sayers, Sister Rita Dawson MBE, Chief Executive of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and other invited guests.

Provost Hendrie said:  “This friendship agreement is an important step in strengthening long established links between the citizens of West Dunbartonshire and the town of Letterkenny in Donegal.

“Clydebank in particular has strong connections throughout Donegal and as Provost it is a privilege to cement our heritage links.”

Bailie Agnew, Convener of Culture who proposed the Friendship Agreement stated:  “I am pleased to officially sign the Charter with Letterkenny.  The signing of this agreement is a clear commitment from both West Dunbartonshire and Letterkenny to raise the profile of our towns and countries.

“Each area has a rich history which will be promoted via tourism; it will also bring educational and cultural benefits to our communities.”