SDLP hold seat in Waterside after recount

The SDLP's Martin Reilly has retained his seat in the Waterside DEA after a recount.

The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) have held their seat in the Waterside DEA after a recount.

The recount was initiated after the Alliance Party lodged a complaint with the High Court over the result of the local election in May 2023.

Martin Reilly got the last seat on Derry City and Strabane District Council in the local election, by a margin of 49 votes. Alliance’s Philip McKinney, therefore, lost out on the seat.

The recount on Wednesday found the result was closer, with 10 votes between the two, but the SDLP still held onto the seat.

The leader of the SDLP, Colum Eastwood, confirmed the result on his Twitter.

Councillor Martin Reilly also thanked those who had been in touch on his Twitter profile.

The Alliance Party released a statement following the confirmation.

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