Maskey announces he is to step down as Laganbank councillor
South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has, this afternoon in the Assembly, announced that he is to step down as a councillor after 27 years on Belfast City Council. His announcement comes in line with the party’s policy of phasing out dual-mandates.
Speaking this afternoon Alex Maskey MLA said,
"In stepping down from the council I would like to thank the people of West Belfast who elected me from 1983 until 2001 and the people of South Belfast who elected my to the Council as their representative since then. I also wish to thank my family for their continued support as well as the party for giving me privilege to serve for such a long period of time.
“We in Sinn Féin are committed to ending dual mandates and my announcement today is indicative of that commitment.
“I will continue to work for the people of South Belfast in my role as an MLA and I look forward to working with my replacement on Belfast City Council who will be confirmed later in the week.
“This move will allow me continue in role as an Assembly Member for the people of South Belfast in the time ahead. It also underlines that we in Sinn Féin are committed to building a strong team of elected representatives within South Belfast and I am confident that this will see our vote continue to grow in south Belfast in the years ahead.” CRÍOCH