SDLP councillor to step down

John Tierney. (3011PG45)

John Tierney. (3011PG45)

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SDLP Councillor John Tierney is to step down from Derry City Council.

The Northland councillor’s resignation will be confirmed at the monthly meeting of Derry City Council later today and will take effect from October 1.

The resignation is one of a number expected ahead of the major shake-up of local government with the Review of Public Administration.

Colr. Tierney was first elected to Derry City Council in 1981 and served as mayor of the city in 1984-85.

In 1996 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum and was reelected at the Assembly elections in 1998, serving as an MLA for Foyle.

He stepped down from Council in 2001 to focus on his role as the SDLP’s chief whip at Stormont before standing down from the Assembly at the 2003 elections.

In 2007 he returned to Derry City Council when he was co-opted to replace Seanna Hume.