Veteran republican, Sean McGlinchey from Dungiven has said he will be putting his name forward at Sinn Féin’s election convention next week where it will be decided who will represent the party in the May local council election.
Mr. McGlinchey, a former prisoner who spent 18 years in Long Kesh, is chairperson of East Derry.
“There has been much speculation as to who will represent Sinn Féin in the forthcoming elections especially since three of our long standing councillors have decided to retire from public life and another has been chosen to represent the party in the Assembly election,” he said.
“As chairperson I am delighted that each and every one of them will be there on Monday to elect the next generation of Republicans to represent the people of East Derry. As chairperson of the area I will be putting my name in the hat but it will be up to the local cumann to endorse me on Monday night and I will be taking nothing for granted.”
He added: “We are looking forward to building on the increased vote of the Westminster election and providing solid and accountable representation for all the people of East Derry.”