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McNally unveiled as new Sinn Féin candidate
Published: 13 November, 2013
Sinn Féin have unveiled Carrickmore man Barry McNally as the party's new Candidate to stand in the Mid Tyrone DEA in next year's Local Government election. The 26 year old newcomer to local electoral politics was revealed as Sinn Féin launched their campaign for next Mays Local Government Elections in the Strule Arts Centre on Wednesday evening. In all nine Sinn Féin candidates from the Omagh area will contest the election.
McNally will be joined on the Mid Tyrone ticket by sitting Councillors Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Sean Donnelly and Sean Clarke. The party will run three Candidates in the West Tyrone DEA and they have been confirmed as Frankie Donnelly, Peter Kelly and Glenn Campbell, whilst Marty McColgan and Sorcha McAnespy will stand as candidates for Omagh Town.
Other changes to the Sinn Féin team will see long time councillors Sean Begley and Ann Quinn stepping aside. Sean and Ann have many years experience as public representatives and although having decided not to contest next years election both will continue to play an integral role in the Sinn Féin operation locally.
Under RPA next years elections will see the number of Councils in the North of Ireland being reduced from twenty-six to eleven and will see the existing Districts of Omagh and Fermanagh merging to form a new Omagh/Fermanagh Council which will operate in shadow form for a year before becoming fully established. The present Omagh and Fermanagh councils will continue for a further year before the merger is completed.
Explaining the changes the Sinn Féin group leader on Omagh District Council Marty McColgan said:
"Having considered the changes brought about as a result of RPA and how this will impact locally we have taken the decision to run nine candidates and given that Barry McNally who is a native of Carrickmore has been chosen to replace me in Mid Tyrone and given that Ann Quinn and Sean Begley have decided not to stand we have made a few adjustments to our present set up. I believe that we are putting forward a strong team with a good balance of experience, youth and skills and that all nine candidates will be returned as Councillors to work alongside our colleagues from Fermanagh in delivering the best possible services for all the people of the new Council area.
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank both Ann Quinn and Sean Begley for their long years of service as councillors on Omagh District Council; they will of course both remain as Omagh Councillors for a period after the May elections and their continued experience and support will be a major asset for Sinn Féin into the future.
Speaking following his nomination Barry McNally said:
"I'm honoured to have been selected by Sinn Féin to run in next year's local government election. I am safe in the knowledge that I will be joined by a strong Sinn Féin team of candidates, activists and supporters throughout the duration of the campaign.
"For the past number of years I have been working closely with the 10 Sinn Fein councillors on Omagh District Council, this experience will prove invaluable in the upcoming period. It gave me a good grounding of the 'bread and butter' issues dealt with on a daily basis by locally elected public representatives.
"Whilst accepting the constraints of Local Government politics one of the issues I feel strongly about is job creation and job retention, particularly amongst young people and stemming the tide of forced emigration.
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