Derry’s new Independent Councillor Warren Robinson said he is “honoured” to have been chosen to take over from Dee Quigley.
Mr Robinson from Cornshell Fields was speaking as he was attended his first meeting as a Councillor in the Guildhall yesterday afternoon.
Derry City and Strabane District Council Chief Executive John Kelpie informed those gathered at the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday evening that the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland Graham Shields has written to confirm that Mr Robinson has been declared returned to fill the vacancy left in the Ballyarnett ward, effective from the start of September.
Mr Quigley emigrated to Australia with his family earlier this summer.
Speaking at the Guildhall, Mr Robinson acknowledged the welcome he received from his new council colleagues, adding: “It’s an honour to be chosen by Councillor Quigley.
“I want to pay tribute to the work he has done in the past.”
Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper welcomed Colr. Robinson, along with DUP Councillor David Ramsey who said: “I want to welcome Warren Robinson into the fold and wish him all the best in the future.”
SDLP Councillor John Boyle said he wanted to wish Mr Robinson “all the best” for his tenure.