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Sinn Féin announces 'formidable team' for Derry-Strabane Council

Published: 7 October, 2013

Sinn Féin has announced 21 candidates to contest next May's election to the new Derry-Strabane Council with 3 party candidates to contest the new Derg Electoral Area and 4 in the new Sperrin Electoral Area.

Describing the candidates announced as a 'formidable team' Strabane Council party group leader Brian Mc Mahon also paid tribute to Cllrs Jay Mc Cauley and Michelle Mc Mackin who will not be in the line up for next year's local elections.

He said,

"The 21 candidates announced represent a strong and formidable team- a combination of vast experience and youth and all with a proven track record of commitment, hard work and activism. Locally, sitting councillors Maolíosa Mc Hugh, Kieran Mc Guire and Ruairí Mc Hugh have been selected to stand in the new enlarged Derg Electoral Area while in the new enlarged Sperrin Electoral Area sitting councillors, Karina Carlin and Dan Kelly and myself have been selected to stand and are being joined on the party ticket by 21 year old Park native Diarmuid Ward.

"At both a personal and political level I would like to pay tribute to councillors Michelle Mc Mackin and Jay Mc Cauley who will not be contesting next year's election. Prior to the local selection conventions Cllr Michelle Mc Mackin indicated that she would not be seeking re-nomination due to existing work commitments and given the additional workload this new Council format would entail. At the selection for the new Sperrin Electoral Area, Cllr Jay Mc Cauley just narrowly missed out for the fourth place on the party ticket.

"Both are highly valued and extremely hard-working members of our Council team and party and while it will be difficult for us all that their names will not feature on the ballot papers next May, it speaks volumes of their character that not only are they committed to fully serving out the remaining term on Strabane District Council but have fully committed to working to ensure the return of the 7 local Sinn Fein candidates who have been announced and will subsequently continue with their work as party activists.

"Within Strabane District Council, Sinn Féin acts with a unity of purpose and strategically and by maximising our party representation in the new amalgamated Council from the Derg and Glenelly we will be able to bring this same cohesion to our work to ensure the interests of Strabane District are best protected and the needs of our local communities both urban and rural are delivered upon."