Northern Ireland

20-year-old replaces William Hay on Derry City Council

A 20-year-old from Newbuildings has been chosen to replace the Assembly speaker William Hay on Derry City Council.

Gary Middleton will become one of the youngest public representatives in the UK.

William Hay was also re-selected as the DUP's Foyle candidate for the forthcoming Assembly election.

Mr Middleton said he was "looking forward" to taking on the role.

"William first took his seat in 1981, and that was nine years before I was born.

"It does seem like a daunting task ahead but I know I've plenty of help and support and William has always said he won't be far away if issues do arise."