SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said he is delighted Máiría Cahill has decided to make the SDLP her political home.
The former Labour politician has been co-opted onto Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Following the announcement, the Foyle MLA said: “Máiría Cahill has an extremely strong record of speaking out against injustice, maltreatment and inequality.
“We are confident that her attributes are best placed to compliment the values and vision of the SDLP, and we are delighted she has decided to make the SDLP her political home.
“Politics is too often sadly missing brave voices to call out right from wrong.
“The SDLP has always taken uncomfortable steps to deliver a fair and just society.
“I am confident Máiría will play a prolific part in continuing to practice the politics others merely preach, by speaking truth to power.”Tags: