SDLP’s Mullan likely to be the next mayor

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Speculation is mounting SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan will be the new mayor of the Limavady borough, the ‘Journal’ understands.

The 59-year-old has been a councillor with the SDLP since May 2001, and will turn 60 in September.

The dad-of-eight, a plasterer by trade, is a councillor for the Limavady ward. Born in Magilligan, he lives in Aghanloo with his wife Rosaleen.

When contacted for comment, SDLP party spokesperson, Colr. Michael Coyle said: “The SDLP is looking forward to the mayorship this incoming year and we will select our candidate fairly soon, probably in the next week.”

The deputy mayor will also be selected, and that role will fall to a member of the DUP. Currently, DUP councillor Alan Robinson holds the appointment. It is understood the next deputy mayor may well be DUP Colr. James McCorkell.

The new mayor and deputy mayor roles will be revealed at the AGM in June.