Neil Kelly said: “After spending two years on Antrim District Policing Partnership I wanted to become involved in local politics. I have been an Alliance supporter for many years and in January this year, I decided to become a member of the party.
“I have now been given the opportunity to represent the Alliance Party on Antrim Borough Council and I would like to pay tribute to David Ford and the South Antrim Association for giving me this opportunity. I also want to pay tribute to David Ford for all his hard work down the years during his time on Antrim Council and I am very proud to follow him in this role. I look forward to working as part of a strong Alliance team to ensure the people of Antrim get the best representation possible.”
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Neil Kelly was born in Antrim Town in 1964. He grew up on the Dublin Road housing estate where his parents still live today and he went to St Comgall’s PS in the town. He attended St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena, returning to Antrim to finish his education in 1980.
He has spent 28 years in health and social care, beginning as a Student Nurse in Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Antrim, just before his 18th birthday in 1982. After qualifying as a Learning Disability Nurse he remained in Muckamore Abbey until October 1995. He then worked as a Community Learning Disability Nurse in Downpatrick for three years before taking up a Team Leader post in South and East Belfast. In 2008 he became Operations Manager for Community Learning Disability teams across South and West Belfast for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
He is married, lives in Antrim Town, and over the years has been involved in various sporting groups in the town including Masserene Golf Club, Antrim Hockey Club, Dublin Road Select Football club and Antrim Town GAA