SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly to be Derry’s next Mayor

City of Derry Spartan Team ( Marathon) members, Paula McGilloway, Marina Campbell Ciara Fraser, Jackie McGinley and Hannah Shields and who received the Sports Team Award for 2012 from the Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell at the Hughes Insurance Derry District  Sports Council Awards ceremony in the City Hotel. Included from left are, Gareth Finley,  from Hughes Insurance and Councillor Martin Reilly.  Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 15.02.13

City of Derry Spartan Team ( Marathon) members, Paula McGilloway, Marina Campbell Ciara Fraser, Jackie McGinley and Hannah Shields and who received the Sports Team Award for 2012 from the Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell at the Hughes Insurance Derry District Sports Council Awards ceremony in the City Hotel. Included from left are, Gareth Finley, from Hughes Insurance and Councillor Martin Reilly. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 15.02.13

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The Journal has learned that the new Mayor of Derry will be SDLP councillor, Martin Reilly.

It is understood Colr. Reilly, who represents the City’s Waterside ward, received his party’s nomination yesterday.

The position, which is shared by all political parties on Council, will now be filled by the SDLP councillor who is to replace the outgoing Mayor, Sinn Fein’s, Kevin Campbell.

Originally from Enniskillen, Colr Reilly, has represented the Waterside electoral area on Derry City Council since 2005. He previously sat on the board of the Patient and Client Council and the board of directors of the Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau.

A Queen’s University graduate, Martin is 34 years old and married to Bronagh.

The term of office will see Colr. Reilly represent Derry at a time when the UK City of Culture celebrations gather momentum over the summer months before handing the baton on.

Colr. Reilly was unavailable for comment when contacted by the ‘Journal’ yesterday.