Sinn Fein’s Newry Council candidates selected

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Monday, October 21st, 2013
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin has selected its candidates to stand in next year’s local government election for the Newry District Electoral Area. This election, due to be held in May next year, will be to the new ‘Super Council’ covering Newry City, South Armagh, Mourne and Down District. Sitting Councillors Charlie Casey and Valerie Harte will be joined by new candidate, Liz Kimmins, in contesting the election for Sinn Féin. A packed hall unanimously endorsed all three candidates at the convention chaired by South Belfast MLA, Alex Maskey. Speaking at the event Newry / Armagh MP Conor Murphy said, “I’m delighted to see Charlie and Valerie putting their names forward to continue to represent the people of Newry at local government level. “I’m equally delighted,” Murphy continued, “to see Liz, a young woman and new candidate, put her name forward for selection tonight. This convention reaffirms Sinn Féin’s commitment to maximising the representation of both women and young people in political life.” Newry / Armagh MLA Mickey Brady says he is looking forward to working with all three candidates. “Over a number of years I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Charlie and Valerie and I will continue to develop that. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Liz in her role as a CRJ co-ordinator and believe she is an excellent candidate. “There’s a great mix of experience and youth in the team we’ve selected tonight and I have every confidence they will be elected next May. The recent registration drive by the electoral office could see hundreds of thousands of people potentially lose their vote. It is essential that people across the North get on the register and use their vote. “I’d ask anyone who has yet to return their electoral registration form to do so as soon as possible. If you’re in any doubt about your vote, contact the Newry Sinn Féin office on (028) 302 61693.” Brendan Curran, Ireland’s longest serving Councillor, this week indicated that he would not be putting his name forward for reselection. Curran was first elected in 1985 and achieved many firsts, including becoming the first Sinn Féin Mayor of Newry and Mourne and the first Republican chair of Newry’s District Policing Partnership. Conor Murphy concluded by paying tribute to the outgoing Councillor, “I want, on behalf of the Republican movement in the area, to thank Brendan for his years of public service and wish him and his family all the best for the future. His presence in the council chamber will be sorely missed.”
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