DERG man Maolíosa McHugh has been confirmed as the new West Tyrone MLA.
Mr McHugh, a former mayor with Derry City and Strabane District failed to retain his seat in last Thursday’s local government election.
His party colleague Michaela Boyle was elected to serve in the Sperrin Ward for the council and in turn stepped down from her Assembly role.
Announcing her replacement tonight Michaela Boyle said, “So as I step away from my MLA role and into a new one on council, Maolíosa McHugh has taken the reigns and will replace me at Stormont.
“I spent many years in Stormont representing the people of West Tyrone and it was an honour to do so. I felt the time was right for me to go back to local politics when the opportunity arose. I am grateful to everyone I have worked with along the way. Looking forward to this new chapter.”