Local SDLP Councillor Geraldine Donnelly announces retirement

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Friday, January 8th, 2016
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SDLP colleagues have paid tribute to Councillor Geraldine Donnelly who has announced her intention to retire from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council at the end of January. GeraldineDonnellySDLP Leader Colum Eastwood said that over a long career Geraldine has personified integrity, decency and a commitment to equality that are core tenants of the SDLP. He added, “Her notable work with the Quinn family in their struggle for the truth following the murder of Paul in 2007 demonstrated her dedication to justice and I know she will be missed as a member of the SDLP team in Armagh.” SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley described Geraldine Donnelly as ‘one of the most diligent, hardworking and well respected public representatives on this island’ and said her contribution will be missed. Bradley continued, “I have had the privilege of working with Geraldine since my own election in 2003, both in her role as a Councillor and in my constituency office. Throughout all that time, she has been a extremely hard working representative who has been very passionate about the area she represents. “Her compassion and empathy for those in need have always struck me as her strongest qualities. As well as being very passionate about South Armagh and its people, Geraldine’s other great love is her family and her grandchildren. I know she is looking forward to spending much more time with them and I wish her and her family very health and happiness in the future,” he added.  

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