My good friend Maria Cahill is to be co-opted onto Lisburn and Castlereagh Council as an SDLP councillor.
Máiría has shown incredible bravery and courage in publicly calling out the republican movement for the abuses she suffered at their hands, and has continued to campaign for justice for other victims of abuse.
As a Labour Party Senator, she was a strong advocate for those who have never been given a platform to raise and discuss their experiences.
I want to wish Maria the very best of luck in her new role. She will be an excellent public representative