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Ben Mallon co-opted onto Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

New Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council councillor Ben Mallon

A DIRECTOR of a Belfast PR and public affairs firm will replace the late DUP councillor Paul Hamill on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Ben Mallon is to be co-opted into the seat of the 46-year-old former mayor, who died last month after contracting Covid-19.

Mr Mallon is a former adviser to DUP party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and previously served as a councillor on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

The 42-year-old, who failed in his 2019 bid to get elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, currently works for PR and public affairs company MCE.

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