MacLochlainn to step down

Sinn F�in councillor Gerry MacLochlainn. (1303MM13)
Sinn F�in councillor Gerry MacLochlainn. (1303MM13)

Northland Sinn Féin councillor Gerry MacLochlainn is to step down from Derry City Council, the ‘Journal’ has learned.

Colr. MacLochlainn will leave Derry City Council to tkae up a new appointment within Sinn Féin.

Announcing the move, the chairperson of Sinn Féin in Derry, Andrew McCartney said; “I can confirm that Gerry MacLochlainn will be stepping down from Derry City Council within an agreed timeframe, for personal reasons. He will be taking up a new role within the party locally. We would like to thank him for his years of service.”

Mr McCartney also praised Colr. MacLochlainn’s role as a local councillor.

“For over a decade Gerry has been a representative for the Northlands ward. He was heavily involved in delivering the transition to a new system of governance at City of Derry Airport and was a key advocate of the introduction of a new waste management system in the city,” he explained,

Mr McCartney also hailed Colr. MacLochlainn’s commitment to international affairs, particularly in the middle east.

“He is renowned for his work in the International Department and has travelled extensively in the Middle East and countries affected by conflict. In 2009, Gerry led the second convoy into Gaza after the invasion and he co-founded Derry Friends of Palestine.

“During operation Cast Lead he persuaded Derry City Council to support a boycott of Israeli goods until Israel withdraws from the occupied territories.

“Derry was the first city in Ireland to pass such a motion. He was also part of the recent Freedom Flotilla 2 which was sabotaged by the Israelis,” he said.

The Sinn Féin chairperson also said the party are currently choosing who will replace colr. MacLochlainn on Derry City Council.

“An internal party selection process is now underway and once that is complete we will announce our replacement for co-option onto the Council,” he said.