Young Derry republican Ruari McLaughlin has been appointed to the national youth committee of Sinn Féin’s youth wing.
The Derry teenager, a pupil at Lumen Christi College, was appointed to the role at the republican youth congress held in Dublin at the weekend.
It was also decided at the conference to change the name of Sinn Féin’s youth wing from Ógra Shinn Féin to Sinn Féin Republican Youth.
The student has been involved in a number of public campaigns in Derry in recent years and said he is looking forward to the challenge of his new position.
“It will be a active role and I clearly have a job of work ahead of me but it is a challenge I relish. Prior to changing the name of the party, the national youth council was known as the national executive and is the equivalent to the ard chohmairle.
“For me it going to be about taking the concerns of young people in Derry to the national level and try to have them implemented into our policies so that the voice of young people is heard,” he said.
As well as taking up his new role, the teenager is also preparing to travel to Gaza later this month to help promote links between students groups in Ireland and Palestine.