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Sinn Féin selects council replacement for MLA

Published: 28 September, 2012

Marty is congraulated on his co-option by Declan McAleer MLA. They are joined by fellow councillors Sean Clarke, Sean Donnelly, Frankie Donnelly, Anne Marie Fitzgerald and MLA Barry McElduff

Marty is congraulated on his co-option by Declan McAleer MLA. They are joined by fellow councillors Sean Clarke, Sean Donnelly, Frankie Donnelly, Anne Marie Fitzgerald and MLA Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin has selected former Omagh Town councillor Martin McColgan to replace Declan McAleer MLA who will step down as a councillor in the coming weeks. The move is a part of a Sinn Féin commitment to end so-called double jobbing. The decision was endorsed by the five Sinn Féin cumann in the Mid Tyrone area at a selection convention on Friday evening. Marty had previously been elected for Sinn Féin to the council in 2005 but missed out on re-election in 2010 despite securing a large number of first preference votes. Speaking at the convention outgoing councillor Declan McAleer MLA said: "I would like to welcome Marty back on to the Sinn Féin council team. He was a valuable asset when he was previously on the council and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the community sector in the Omagh District. It was only when he left the council that his expertise was missed. So his co-option onto the council in my place is a welcome one. I can rest assured that Marty will take up the role with enthusiasm and a determination to provide a first class service in terms of delivering for constituents. Speaking following his co-option Marty McColgan said: "I would like to thank the Sinn Féin team in Mid Tyrone for the nomination and unanimous support in being co-opted onto Omagh Council in place of Declan McAleer who has served his time well as a councillor since 2005. Declans seat, was of course held previously by his father Barney for very many years. Both men served this area of Mid Tyrone and i aim to continue to do this. "I look forward to rejoining the council and driving forward many key issues of importance to the people of the district. I will join a strong Sinn Fein team in the local council and we will continue to provide local, effective and strong representation in the council for all our people.ENDS