Hargey ‘honoured’ to take up Sinn Féin mantle
Sinn Féin Councillor Deirdre Hargey has spoken of her honour at taking over as the party’s Group Leader on Belfast City Council.
Cllr. Hargey, who has represented the Botanic area since 2010, officially took over from party colleague Jim McVeigh after tonight’s monthly council meeting and said she is looking forward to the new role.
“I want to thank Jim for his sterling leadership over the last eight years and I am delighted that he is remaining as a Sinn Féin activist, working with the party chairperson Declan Kearney to develop and strengthen the party's policies on workers’ rights.
“It is a huge honour to take up the mantle from Jim but I am excited about taking the Sinn Féin project forward in the years ahead.
“These are exciting time for the party in Belfast.
"I have been centrally involved in our work to create an investment strategy which has delivered unprecedented levels of resources for public services and public amenities, creating and sustaining thousands of jobs across Belfast.
“I am looking forward to consolidating that by securing an inclusive growth deal for Belfast as well as continuing to take forward progressive campaigns such as the ‘Homes for All’ initiative
“I am also delighted to be leading a team which has now has more female councillors that males which is itself a symbol of the progressive, forward-looking nature of our party which is committed to equality and creating a better future for all the citizens of Belfast.”