‘Well done PJ’

Dónal Cunningham has congratulated his good friend and SDLP colleague PJ McAvoy who has been unanimously elected Ballymena Borough’s first ever nationalist mayor.

Cllr Cunningham, from Moyle Council, said: “PJ is a great character and wonderful personality; he has been properly described as a ‘Ballymena man through and through’ and is highly respected by all communities.

“PJ has worked hard as a councillor since he first topped the Ballymena poll in 1985, topping the poll again in 1989 and 1997.

“I am delighted for PJ who said he was ‘humbled’ and added that his election would send out a message to the community about working together.

On achieving the position PJ said ‘I intend to be - inclusive, progressive, putting aside the divisions of the past and looking to the future’.”.