Garath Keating is to step down from his role as a councillor
A former Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is to step down from his role as councillor at the end of November, it has been confirmed.
Citing family commitments as the reason for his decision, Armagh councillor, Garath Keating said he will continue to represent Sinn Fein but has decided the time is right to step aside and allow someone else to take his seat on Council.
Speaking at a public meeting Cllr Keating described his almost eight years as a public representative as an “unbelievable privilege”.
“However, with growing family commitments, as well as a growing family, as well as my own employment commitments, it has become increasingly challenging to do justice to the amazing people of Armagh in my role,” he said.
“It has been a real honour to represent and assist our local community and I have given my absolute all to the role and our people over the years, and I feel the time is now right to hand over the baton.
“I would also like to thank all of my party colleagues for their ongoing support and comradeship. I will continue to play an active role within the Armagh Sinn Fein team and supporting them to provide a first class service to our constituents and in our work in building a new, fairer and United Ireland.”
Having first entered politics as a councillor on the legacy Armagh City and District Council in 2014, Cllr Keating was subsequently elected onto Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in May that year where he served as Lord Mayor in 2016-17 before being re-elected in May 2019.