The SDLP have selected Brian Tierney to replace former councillor Shaun Gallagher on Derry City Council.
The Shantallow man was chosen for co-option at an SDLP selection meeting held in Derry on Thursday evening.
The incoming councillor is a nephew of former SDLP councillor and MLA, John Tierney, who stood down from Derry City Council last year.
The 30 year-old father of four will now join Derry City Council as a representative for the Shantallow area.
Accepting his selection by party members in Shantallow, Colr. Tierney said he was filled with “pride, excitement and enthusiasm”.
He pledged to remain “loyal and committed to promoting and supporting the SDLP in building a better and brighter future for all our citizens”.
Colr. Tierney singled out a range of issues which he intends to focus on resolving as part of Derry City Council. “In order to tackle issues such as unemployment, housing, poverty and the provision of better services there is no question that we need investment in many areas.”
The newly appointed public representative, who is following in the footsteps of his uncle - former SDLP MLA and Derry City Councillor John Tierney - paid tribute to the “sterling service” of his predecessor.
“In Shaun Gallagher there is no question that we are losing an excellent councillor and I’d like to pay tribute to him. I would like to thank him for his excellent contribution not only to Shantallow but throughout the city and I wish him and his wife Majella all the best.”