Derry’s longest serving Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has announced that he will be standing down from council at the end of February.
Tony was first elected to Derry City Council in 1997 and successfully fought every election since, including to the new super Council after reorganisation of Local Government created the Derry City and Strabane District Coincil. Tony will be standing down from his role as Councillor at the end of February after 21 years in office.
Councillor Hassan said:
“It has been a privilege for me to have served the people of the Greater Shantallow area for over 21 years.
“But the time has come for my generation of republican representatives to make way for the new generation of Republicans that are coming forward and who will take the political struggle forward,
“As Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Housing at DCSDC I am particularly proud of my record and that of our Party who led the drive for construction of much needed social housing and investment in community facilities which has delivered much needed homes and public amenities for the people of Derry.
“As the Sinn Féin spokesperson for housing in the city I hope I have made a difference to the lives of those many people who now occupy the new homes built in recent years.
“But the job is not complete. Many young families in this city are still living in terrible housing conditions and my successor will continue to address this need.
“I will still be working at a constituency level and be available to assist and give advice where possible.
“Although I am now stepping down from my role as Councillor I will remain a Sinn Féin party activist and work with other activists to develop and strengthen our party’s policies to ensure continued delivery of much needed adequate social housing and other public facilities.
“A co-option process will now take place and I will fully support whoever is selected as my replacement and wish them well.