SDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields passes away

SDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields has died after a long illness, the party's leader has confirmed.

The 65-year-old, who represented the Mid-Tyrone ward, was a retired primary school principal who later qualified in 2007 and practiced as a solicitor.

Mr Shields was a councillor for 23 years and also served on the board of the Ambulance Trust NI, NI Library Board, Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN) and the Western Education and Library Board for 12 years.

West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne paid tribute to his close personal friend....