SDLP Party Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell has commended John Tierney on his retirement from Derry City Council.
In a statement Dr McDonnell said: “John Tierney’s record of public service is outstanding. He served his party and the people of Derry through good times and bad and never faltered in his personal and professional courage, dedication and commitment.
“From the time that John was first elected to Derry City Council in 1981, through his time as Mayor in 1984-5 and his time on the Northern Ireland Forum and in the inaugural Northern Ireland Assembly, John always impressed his colleagues with his hard work, political insight and love of Derry.
“I know that John will continue to work hard for the SDLP and the party is lucky to have him in Derry, as too, I am sure, are those he works on behalf of.”