Bishop Jones’ contribution to development recognised by the Council for the West
Bishop Christy Jones of Elphin has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to development in the west of Ireland and for the “spiritual enrichment” he brought to a variety of community based campaigns.
His contribution was recognised by the Council for the West, of which Bishop Jones is a member, on the occasion of a celebration to mark the golden jubilee of his ordination.
The Chairman of the Council for the West, Mr Sean Hannick made the presentation to Bishop Jones at a function in Ireland West Airport, Knock recently.
Mr Hannick said Bishop Jones had made an enormous contribution to the Council and the presentation marked his “outstanding humility and generosity and the spiritual enrichment he has brought to the development of the west for more than fifty years”.
The Council for the West came into being in the early 1990’s arising from concerns at the continuing depopulation of rural Ireland. It was spearheaded at the time by the bishops of the region which stretches from Donegal to Clare and Bishop Christy Jones was one of the founding members who was always very passionate about rural development.
Council for the West is an independent, not for profit organisation, and is made up of representatives of the main churches, businesses and community activists. It highlights and creates awareness of the major social and economic issues affecting development in counties Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway and Clare.
It has campaigned on many fronts and has strongly lobbied governments over the years for more balanced regional development. It was largely because of that campaigning that the Western Development Commission was established.
A native of Rathcroghan, Co Roscommon, Bishop Jones was educated at Summerhill College, Sligo, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and University College, Galway. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1962 and became Bishop of the diocese of Elphin in August 1994. He was the first director of Sligo Social Services Centre a position he held from 1971 to ’87 and is the advisor to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to accommodation of Travelling People.
The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West. The Council for the West was set up by the Western Bishops and has successfully campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region. It continues to campaign for balanced regional development and highlights issues of major concern for the region.
Seán Hannick is Chairman of the Council for the West and Vice-Chairperson of the Mayo Industries Group
Spokesperson: Seán Hannick: 087 2564824
Declan O’Callaghan: 09498 60013 / 087 2435011
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