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SDLP's Brian Tierney named mayor of Derry and Strabane

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Elected: Brian Tierney

Elected: Brian Tierney

Elected: Brian Tierney

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney will be the next Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council.

A public representative since 2014, the Ballyarnett councillor said his priorities in the year ahead will be bringing people together again when it is safe and promoting the incredible work of front line workers and volunteers during the Covid-19 crisis.

"I am so proud of Derry and Strabane, the people that live here and all that we've achieved together. I know the potential that people here have and I'm determined to work constructively with all parties and all our partners to deliver new opportunities and transform our city," he said.

"There isn't a single family, business or community in our district that isn't suffering as a result of the coronavirus crisis. I am determined to show the people of Derry and Strabane that civic leaders are here for them.

"We may be distant but we are not divided. There are so many people putting themselves on the front line of this crisis, dedicated health care staff, volunteers bringing food to those in need, our tireless care home workers. I want to lift them up and show the best of our district.

"Every mayor says that they want to bring people together. I can't remember a time when that challenge was so literal.

"By working together we can beat this virus and we will see our friends and family again."

SDLP leader and Foyle MP Colum Eastwood said: "Brian Tierney will be an outstanding mayor for everyone in Derry and Strabane.

"He has fought for equality, fairness and justice all his life and I know his commitment to bringing people together will define the year ahead."

Belfast Telegraph