Former Mayor of Derry, Councillor Shaun Gallagher, has stepped down from Derry City Council.
The veteran SDLP councillor represented the Shantallow area of the city for 25 years and served as mayor in 2003-04.
The announcement that Colr. Gallagher is stepping down from Council was made by the Mayor, Colr. Martin Reilly at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council in the Guildhall on Tuesday.
Colr. Gallagher was not present at the meeting this afternoon.
Paying tribute to the former Mayor, Colr. Reilly said: “Shaun has been a member of our party for many years and has always been an advocate for the people of Shantallow and served as Mayor of the city.
“It is with sadness on our part that he is not seeking election again next year and has opted to take early retirement. I wish him and his family well in the future.”
SDLP Councillor Brenda Stevenson added: “He has served the people of Shantallow and the wider city well. On behalf of the SDLP I wish Shaun and his wife, Majella, well.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan also paid tribute to Colr. Gallagher. “Shaun and I always worked well together. We have had our party political differences but we always got on well outside the chamber. He was a great environmentalist and served as Chair of the Environmental Services Committee on a number of occasions. I wish him all the best for the future,” he said.
DUP Alderman Maurice Devenney and UUP Alderman Mary Hamilton also paid tribute to the former SDLP councillor on behalf of their respective parties.