McFadden to stand in Stormont poll

Former BBC journalist and Radio Foyle presenter Paul McFadden pictured handing in his nomination papers to Patricia Murphy, Deputy Returning Officer, at the Electoral Offices, Queen Street yesterday morning. On right is Garvan O'Doherty, seconder, Conal McFeeley, proposer, and on right, Eimear O'Callaghan, election agent. 0104JM28

Former BBC journalist and Radio Foyle presenter Paul McFadden pictured handing in his nomination papers to Patricia Murphy, Deputy Returning Officer, at the Electoral Offices, Queen Street yesterday morning. On right is Garvan O'Doherty, seconder, Conal McFeeley, proposer, and on right, Eimear O'Callaghan, election agent. 0104JM28

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Local journalist and political commentator Paul McFadden has announced his decision to contest the Assembly election as an independent candidate.

Mr McFadden handed in his nomination papers yesterday and said he intends to bring a “new politics” to the election race.

His nomination was proposed by Conal McFeely from Creggan Enterprises, and seconded by local businessman, Garvan O’Doherty.

Mr McFadden has worked in the media for more than 30 years, starting at the Derry Journal before moving to Radio Foyle, where he spent many years. He is currently a partner in a Derry-based communications business.

Announcing his decision to stand as an independent, Mr McFadden said: “I detect a widespread disillusionment in Derry; people are plainly disappointed that Stormont hasn’t delivered for them and that the improved quality of life they had hoped for has not materialised.”

The veteran journalist also unveiled his election slogan, ‘Fairness for Foyle.’

“This is a decisive moment for the Derry area. The Ilex regeneration plan, the proposal for university expansion and the City of Culture accolade provide us with an unprecedented opportunity.

“If elected, I would – as an independent MLA, unhindered by party political interests – fight first and foremost for the people of this constituency.

“I would demand ‘Fairness for Foyle.’ I would champion Derry’s bid to become a vibrant regional capital, a university city and a place of high employment.

“I would campaign for an ‘Enterprise Zone’ and an ‘Enterprise Team’ to stimulate job creation.

“We have an opportunity to create a better, fairer, more peaceful society - one looking forward rather than back. We can’t change the past, but we can shape our future,” he said.