Eamonn McCann to resign from politics on health grounds - praises councillors from all parties for their support

Veteran Londonderry councillor Eamonn McCann has announced he is stepping down from Derry City and Strabane District Council due to ill health.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 10:41 pm

The People Before Profit (PBP) councillor said he was resigning after being diagnosed with the neurological condition ataxia.

“I was diagnosed with epilepsy about 15 years ago,” he said in a statement.

“I have not found this disabling as far as being a councillor or a MLA was concerned. However, it was discovered during tests some months ago that I have developed a neurological condition, Ataxia. This has made it increasingly difficult for me to fulfill my duty as a councillor in the way the people of the Moor DEA are entitled to expect.

People Before Profit Councillor Eamon McCann.

“I have made my intention known to my party, People Before Profit, and have asked the party to set in motion the procedure for selecting a new councillor in my place.

“I thank all those who voted for me in the last council election in 2019. I have done my best to deliver on the mandate given to me.

“I want to thank other councillors of all parties and independents for the many courtesies shown to me. I thank council staff for their assistance and forbearance.

“It has been a privilege to represent the Moor DEA, where I was born and reared.”

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