VIDEO - McCallion to be first ever mayor of Derry and Strabane

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Sinn Fein councillor, Elisha McCallion, has been announced as the first official mayor of the new Derry and Strabane District Council, the Derry Journal can reveal.

Colr. McCallion confirmed that she had been selected by Sinn Fein to be the chair of the new super council at the opening of the newly refurbished Sinn Fein advice centre on the Racecourse Road on Thursday afternoon.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Elisha McCallion.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Elisha McCallion.

“It’s a great honour to be selected by the party to be the new First Citizen for the new Derry and Strabane District Council.

“I intend to represent absolutely everyone within the council area to the best of my ability.

“I am really excited and looking forward to the challenge,” Colr. McCallion told the Derry Journal.

The new Derry and Strabane District Council comes into effect on April 1, 2015.

The official title of the post that Colr. McCallion will hold will be Chair but as soon as a new charter is drawn up for the new super council it is believed that her title will change to mayor.