Sinn Féin announce election candidates

Sinn F�in candidates from Derry and Strabane who will contest next year's 'super council' elections. (0810MM10)
Sinn F�in candidates from Derry and Strabane who will contest next year's 'super council' elections. (0810MM10)
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Sinn Féin has announced its team of candidates to contest next year’s ‘super council’ election which will see Derry and Stabane councils merge.

The 21 candidates were named at a selection convention held in the party’s Rath Mór constituency office on Sunday afternoon.

It is the first time candidates for both Derry and Strabane have been announced together.

Alongside the sitting councillors, the new candidates from Derry are; Michael McCrossan, Christopher Jackson, Liam Friel and Sandra Duffy.

Twenty one years-old Diarmuid Ward will join sitting councillors from the Strabane area on the ballot papers.

A replacement for Waterside Councillor Lynn Fleming was also chosen at the selection convention when party activist Bridget Meehan was co-opted to fill the vacancy left by the former Mayor.

Martina Anderson MEP, who spoke at the convention, described the candidates as “a super team for a super council” and predicted that Sinn Féin would be the largest party on the new council.

The election will be held in May 2014 on the same day as the European Parliament elections.