The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) has selected Lisburn man Conor Quinn as its new representative on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
Councillor Quinn has been appointed by the party to fill the vacancy created on its local council team by the election of former councillor Pat Catney to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Mr Quinn, who is currently chairperson of the Lisburn SDLP branch and of the Lagan Valley constituency council, was returned to represent the Killultagh electoral area after an internal party selection process. He attended his first full council meeting on Tuesday night.
Cllr Quinn commented: “I am delighted, yet humbled to have been selected to continue the work of Pat Catney MLA on Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. I am conscious of the work undertaken by Pat over many years and also that the Killultagh area was represented by former mayor, the late Peter O’Hagan. I intend to represent all citizens with the generosity of spirit demonstrated by my predecessors.”
Cllr Quinn is a Chartered Engineer and possesses a post-graduate degree in business from Trinity College Dublin. He has a background in technology businesses and currently works for a local university supporting funding for innovation.
Congratulating his successor on his appointment to Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mr Catney commented: “Conor has been an absolute stalwart for us (the SDLP). He has worked extremely hard for us and played a key part in developing and implementing the strategy that has seen us increase our representation right across Lagan Valley.
“Conor is a highly educated young man and I know he will be a real asset to the council in Lisburn and Castlereagh.”