Second councillor from Oldpark area of north Belfast announces resignation
A SECOND councillor has announced his resignation as Belfast City Council re-convened for its first meeting of the new year.
Sinn Féin’s Gerry McCabe, who represented the Oldpark area, has stepped down from his north Belfast seat.
The Irish News reported yesterday that DUP councillor Gareth McKee, who also served the Oldpark ward, has resigned as he is due to start a new full-time job.
Both councillors were co-opted in 2010.
In a Facebook post, Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly paid tribute to Mr McCabe and said he was stepping aside “to focus on the needs of his family”.
Mr Kelly wrote: “Gerry remains committed to the project of delivering for this community in whatever way he can and Sinn Féin’s objectives of equality, inclusion and Irish unity.
“I’m sure you will join with us in wishing Gerry and his family all the best at a difficult time but Gerry has built a platform of achievements that will be further built upon by who ever follows him into this role as councillor for Ardoyne and Ligoniel.”
The DUP’s Gareth McKee, left, said: “It was a particular highlight to serve as the High Sheriff of Belfast in 2015 and to undertake the duties of a civic dignitary, including meeting members of the royal family who visited Belfast that year.”
Neither the DUP nor Sinn Féin have confirmed who will replace the two councillors.