Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

DebateNI home of Northern Ireland politics

Fourth Sinn Fein member steps down from Belfast City Hall

Conor Maskey
Conor Maskey

A Sinn Fein councillor is stepping aside from his role at Belfast City Hall in order to spend more time with his family.

Conor Maskey, who represents the Oldpark area on Belfast City Council, announced his decision yesterday.

The 35-year-old, a member of the council for the past six years, said he would remain a member of Sinn Fein.

He told the Belfast Telegraph he decided to give up his council post in order to spend more time with his young daughter, of whom he has joint custody with a former partner.

The community relations worker said he made the party aware of his intentions in May.

Mr Maskey said he wasn't ruling out a return to politics in the future.

On Monday Sinn Fein strategist Tom Hartley took part in his final meeting after 20 years as a councillor. His party colleagues Danny Lavery and Gerard O'Neill also stood down.

DUP group leader on the council Lee Reynolds said the departures were a "generational shift" in the chamber.