Tributes paid after death of former MLA

Thursday, 1 March 2018

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WARM tributes have been paid to the local man credited as being one of the key architects of the Northern Ireland peace process.
Former SDLP councillor and Assembly Member Donovan McClelland died this week after a brief illness.
Mr McClelland, who was 69, joined Antrim Council in 1989 before his election to the Northern Ireland Forum seven years later.
He was one of the delegates in the multi-party talks chaired by Senator George Mitchell and when the Good Friday Agreement was finally signed, he was one of the original South Antrim 'gang of six' who took their seats at Stormont.
During his time on the hill the one-time economics lecturer served as chairman of the powerful Standards and Privileges Committee and sat on the Public Accounts Committee before in February 2000 he was elevated to Deputy Speaker - a role he relished.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian


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