New faces to contest Sinn Fein seats after Councillor reshuffle

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Sinn Féin’s South Armagh Comhairle Ceantair this week held its convention to select the individuals who will contest the local government elections next year. Previously the South Armagh area comprised of the District Electoral Areas (DEAs) of Slieve Gullion and The Fews, however under the Review of Public Administration, which amalgamates Newry & Mourne and Down Councils, the entire South Armagh electoral area will be known as Slieve Gullion. Sinn Féin will be contesting five of the seven available Slieve Gullion seats on the new Newry, Mourne and Down Council. In the Newry Town DEA current Councillor Brendan Curran has also decided not to seek re-election. Six candidates submitted nomination forms to the Election Convention and the five successful candidates are Councillor Terry Hearty, Barry Murray, Roisín Mulgrew, Dáire Hughes and Michael Larkin. These will be the Sinn Féin candidates contesting the local council elections in May 2014. Current Slieve Gullion councillors Anthony Flynn, Packie McDonald and Colman Burns and Fews councillors Pat McGinn, Turlough Murphy and Jimmy McCreesh have decided not to go forward to seek re-election. Recognising the contribution that these councillors have made over their time in office, MP for the area Conor Murphy said, “I have known all of these men for a long time and I am proud to say that I consider them my friends as well as my party colleagues. “Their contribution to the development of Sinn Féin across South Armagh has resulted in the strong and vibrant political party we have today. “Although Pat, Turlough, Jimmy, Anthony, Packie and Coly have decided not to go forward to convention I am confident that they will remain key party activists in the area and I know they will offer every assistance to the new candidates. Murphy added, “This is a very exciting time for Sinn Féin in South Armagh. The new candidates who were selected by members tonight have a variety of skills, competencies and experience which will help them in the campaign ahead and hopefully as elected representatives in the future.”
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