David Alderdice last week announced his resignation from the Council due to work pressures. Under electoral law, the Council Chief Executive will notify the Chief Electoral Officer about the vacancy. He in turn will write to the Leader of the Alliance Party, David Ford, seeking a nomination to fill that vacancy. Under Alliance procedures, the Party Leader will follow the decision of the local Association.
Andrew Muir is aged 33, was born and raised in North Down, holds a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster and works as a Manager with Translink. Andrew is currently Chairperson of North Down Alliance Party Association and is involved with a number of organisations including, amongst others, North Down District Policing Partnership and Friends of the Earth. Andrew is also a keen amateur athlete competing for North Down Athletics Club in road races across Ireland .
Andrew Muir stated “I feel immensely proud of the Alliance Party record in the Holywood area. Dr David Alderdice has diligently served the area since 2005 and he will be sorely missed. I am extremely grateful for the excellent legacy left by David and am looking forward to serving the people of Holywood, building a shared future and safeguarding the environment as part of a strong Alliance team on North Down Borough Council.”
North Down Alliance MLA and Council Group Leader, Stephen Farry added “I first would like to pay my own tribute to David Alderdice. David was a valued member of the local team, and brought a wealth of experience and common sense to deliberations in North Down, and played an active role in the community life of his home town of Holywood . He will be missed. The party fully understands and respects his need to prioritise his medical career and his family. David will be supporting the party from behind the scenes, and I would not be surprised to see him returning to the frontline at some stage in the future.
“I have known Andrew Muir for almost 20 years, and very aware of his abilities. He has considerable intellect, enthusiasm, and energy. He has much to offer North Down Council and the people of Holywood. I look forward to him joining our Council group shortly.”