Sinn Fein's Jim McVeigh to step down as Belfast City councillor
Sinn Fein's Jim McVeigh has announced he is to stand down as a councillor.
The leader of the Sinn Fein group on Belfast City Council will officially step down next month.
He will continue to work as a Sinn Fein and trade union activist.
He said: “It has been a privilege to have represented the citizens of Belfast for seven years and to have led the Sinn Féin team in Belfast City Council.
“Our team there have championed and promoted equality and respect for all citizens and all communities across Belfast.
“We led the drive for an investment strategy which has delivered unprecedented resources for public services and public amenities, creating and sustaining thousands of jobs across Belfast.
“I am particularly proud of the role that our Sinn Féin team played in delivering that investment and creating those jobs and I know they will continue to deliver for all the citizens of Belfast.
“I am now stepping down in order to concentrate on my work as a trade union official with SIPTU and to help advance workers’ rights and workers’ unity across the Island of Ireland.
“I will remain a Sinn Féin party activist and will be working with our party Chairperson Declan Kearney to develop and strengthen our party's policies on workers’ rights, particularly in the North. I am also looking forward to helping deepen Sinn Féin's overall relationship with the Irish trade union movement and working to promote Irish unity.
“The united Ireland that I wish to see is not simply a joining together of two states but rather the creation of a new society, one based upon fairness at work and justice in society.”
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