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Savage named as new SDLP Councillor on NMDDC

The SDLP has named Michael Savage as its new councillor for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. 

Mr Savage replaces former SDLP-turned-Independent Kevin McAteer who formally resigned his post earlier this month.

Following his selection on Thursday last, Councillor Savage says it is an honour to represent the people of Newry.

“I have a strong background in local politics and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to step up and represent the people of our city,” he said.

“This is a critical time in our politics. The threat of Brexit will have profound consequences across the North but nowhere more than in communities that have benefitted so much from a border open for trade and free movement like ours. 

Councillor Peter Byrne, Councillor Terry Andrews, newly elected Michael Savage, Councillor Roisin Lynch and Councillor Gary Stokes.

“I care passionately about creating a future for our talented young people and I see job creation as a key issue in our community. We have a young population for whom we want to create good jobs so that we no longer export our best asset.”

Mr Savage promises to be “an outspoken voice” to protect the interests of the people of Newry.

“Whether it’s defending our health services, improving our rail links or fighting a hard Brexit, there’s a lot to fight for here and I intend to be on the front line,” he said, adding “I again want to thank party members for their support and I’m looking forward to getting down to work.”