Sinn Féin in Derry has announced that Eric McGinley is to make a return to the benches of Derry City Council to replace councillor Gerry MacLochlainn, who is stepping down.
The party’s group leader on Derry City Council, Maeve McLaughlin, made the announcement of the co-option this week and Mr McGinley is expected to take up his new role shortly.
Colr. McLaughlin said; “I can confirm that Eric McGinley has been selected for co-option to replace Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn on Derry City Council. Eric’s nomination was ratified at a Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle meeting in Dublin at the weekend.”
Scottish-born Mr McGinley is no stranger to local politics and has previously served as a Sinn Féin representative on Derry City Council when he was co-opted to replace Billy Page, also in the Northland ward, in October 2010.
He stood in the May 2011 local government elections but was not elected, narrowly missing out at the final stage of counting. He has also served as Sinn Féin’s local government co-ordinator and as the chairperson of the party in Derry in recent years.
Speaking ahead of his co-option, Mr McGinley said he is looking forward to the challenge his role will bring. “I’m looking forward to taking up the role as Councillor and continuing the immense work that Gerry has done in the constituency over the past ten years. I know I have huge shoes to fill in representing the people of the Northland Ward,” he said.
Mr McGinley grew up in the west of Scotland and first came to Derry for a Bloody Sunday march in 1982, and moved here in the early 1990s.