SINN Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan has become the first councillor elected to the metropolitan area, pulling in 2,456 votes.
Cllr Quinlivan was elected with more than 1,000 votes to spare in City North - and has immediately set his sights on becoming mayor in the newly merged local authority, which could have up to six Sinn Fein councillors.
“People have put their trust in me and I will do my best for them over the next five years,” he said, “I am very happy with the vote I got. We have all polled very well: we have a poll-topper in the north ward, we have a poll-topper in the east ward, and Malachy McCreesh will be elected in the west”
Cllr Quinlivan - who was elected with 888 votes last time out - expressed his gratitude to the people who worked for him, in particular wife Sue, and people who voted for him.
“I am very proud of my party, and I am also very proud of the people in St Mary’s Park who have been through a terrible year, and I am proud of the support they have given me.”
He said it is too early to say which parties or Independents Sinn Fein could work with.
“We need to see who is elected, then we will sit down, and maybe I will be the mayor myself,” he said to a loud cheer from his supporters.
Cllr Quinlivan’s surplus of 1,021 votes is now being distributed, with Fine Gael’s councillor Michael Hourigan in second place with 1,249 first preference votes.