Derry councillor quits amid allegations

Derry councillor quits amid allegations

Derry City councillor Jimmy Carr has quit his role as an elected representative for the Shantallow area, amid a series of newspaper allegations about his conduct.

The 26-year-old resigned on Sunday evening after the Sunday Life published a story about him."This decision is not easy, however, in the light of recent allegations I feel that I must concentrate on my health and my personal life in a private and non-confrontational arena," he said.His letter to the Chief Executive of Derry City Council, Sharon O'Connor, added: "I am also mindful in this decision that Derry City Council should not be a focus in any allegations levied against me."Mr Carr had already lost the support of the SDLP ahead of the local government elections, when the party refused to continue backing him as a candidate over alleged misuse of a council-issued iPad.He had spoken out about what he said were allegations of links to drugs, which he strenuously denied, and had been angry that the party would not support him.He also suggested at the time that he would quit the SDLP and become an independent councillor, but the party confirmed that he officially resigned as a member on Sunday.Although Mr Carr failed to be elected to the new Foyle and Strabane super council, he would have continued to be part of Derry City Council during the one-year transition period.However, his resignation is effective immediately.


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