North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has welcomed the historic appointment of Sinn Féin Councillor Cathal McLaughlin as Deputy Mayor in Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
Mr McGuigan said,
“I congratulate Cathal in his appointment as Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, as this is the first time a member of Sinn Féin has held any of the two top positions.
“Cathal is an excellent choice who will represent the entire Council area during his tenure as Deputy Mayor.
“I also welcome the fact that we are now beginning to see Council positions allocated by d’Hondt ensuring power sharing based on political strength and that Sinn Féin voters can have their mandate respected.
Councillor McLaughlin also commented by saying,
“My appointment is an historic occasion for republicanism in this area as one of the top two positions in Council was taken by myself on behalf of Sinn Féin.
“I look forward to working closely with the newly elected Mayor and to work and help all the citizens of this Borough.”