SF’s Campbell to be Mayor

Councillor Kevin Campbell.

Councillor Kevin Campbell.

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Sinn Féin have confirmed that Creggan councillor Kevin Campbell will be elected the new Mayor of Derry at Monday night’s annual general meeting of Derry City Council.

The father-of-one, a past pupil of Holy Child PS and St Joseph’s Boys’ School, was first elected to Council in 2005.

A former prisoner, Colr. Campbell is a keen Irish language activist and holds a degree in Irish Language and Literature.

He is heavily involved in community work in the Creggan area and works as a member of the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team which has been involved in the regeneration of the area including the new District Play Park.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s AGM, Colr. Campbell said: “I am very honoured to have been asked by Sinn Féin to take on the role of Mayor of Derry for the next year. I know that there will be great challenges ahead - challenges that I am looking forward to tackling on behalf of all the people of Derry.

“It’s very important to build on the hard work of previous mayors in promoting a positive image for our city and to improve the economic conditions as we head into City of Culture year 2013.

“I intend to maximise the opportunities this will open up for Derry, help shape its legacy and will work with every citizen, whether in a group or as an individual, to make sure their voice is heard.”

A member of the SDLP grouping on Council is expected to be elected to the Deputy Mayor’s role.