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Sinn Féin have unveiled a new candidate to run in Omagh Town

Published: 1 April, 2014

Sinn Féin have selected Catherine Kelly to run in Omagh Town in the upcoming council elections.

The 27-year-old was selected on Friday night at a local party convention.

Catherine was then endorsed nationally the following morning at the Sinn Féin candidate conference in Drogheda where she was given a special mention as Sinn Féin's newest candidate and congratulated by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD and Martina Anderson MEP.

Ms Kelly's inclusion means that Sinn Féin is now running 21 candidates across the new Omagh Fermanagh Super Council, which if elected, would give them a majority.

Catherine is originally from Loughmacrory but has lived in Omagh Town for the past five years. A member of Sinn Féin since 2009, she has undertaken several roles that have given her crucial experience for the current challenge including secretary of the Omagh Sinn Féin Cumann and Comhairle Ceantair.

Outside of politics, Catherine is passionate about the Irish language having previously worked as a nursery assistant in Naíscoil na gCrann. She also has a strong community ethos and has helped organise various community events particularly on suicide prevention through ASIST.

Speaking on her selection, Catherine Kelly said:

"I'm extremely proud and honoured to be selected to stand for Sinn Féin in Omagh Town, building on the hard work of our MEP, MP, MLAs, Councillors and activists.

"It's extremely heartening to be joining such a strong All Ireland team and I'm especially excited by the challenge of going for a third Sinn Féin seat in Omagh Town, and winning an overall majority across the Super Council.

"I'm determined and focussed to work with my colleagues in the Council and Assembly to drive forward local initiatives on job creation for Omagh Town, to help combat the devastating impact of emigration, particularly for young people affected by the current economic crisis.

"I will also work with our strong team of elected activists to bring to fruition projects like Lisanelly Shared Education Campus, Strathroy Link Road and the new A5 Dual Carriageway."