SF to name election hopefuls

Sandra Duffy who will be standing for Sinn F�in in the Shantallow ward. (0401MM05)

Sandra Duffy who will be standing for Sinn F�in in the Shantallow ward. (0401MM05)

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Sinn Féin in Derry will reveal its candidates for the forthcoming Assembly and local government elections on Sunday in the Gasyard Centre.

The party’s sitting Foyle MLAs, Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney, will be joined on the Stormont ticket by former mayor of Derry, councillor Paul Fleming.

Colr. Fleming has represented the rural ward on Derry City Council since 2005 and served as mayor of the city in 2009-10. He is also a former chairperson of Sinn Féin in Derry. His sister, colr. Lynn Fleming was a Sinn Féin candidate in the last Assembly elections in 2005.

The party is expected to announce several new candidates to contest the local government elections, including a number of well known community workers.

Sandra Duffy, who has worked with homeless young people in the city for several years, will be named one of the party’s candidate for the Greater Shantallow ward. She will join sitting councillors Tony Hassan and Elisha McLaughlin on the ballot paper.

Cathy Nelis will be the Sinn Féin candidate in the rural ward. Now resident in Claudy, Ms Nelis is originally from the city and is the daughter of former Sinn Féin MLA, Mary Nelis.

Martina Anderson, MLA, pictured at the AGM of Derry Sinn Fein. Included, seated are Andrew McCartney, Meabh Mackle, chairperson, Councillor Maeve Mclaughlin and Councillor Paul Fleming. Back from left, are Geraldine odonnell mark mullan, joanne McDaid, Michael Anderson, and Raymond McCartney, MLA. (2201SL07)

Martina Anderson, MLA, pictured at the AGM of Derry Sinn Fein. Included, seated are Andrew McCartney, Meabh Mackle, chairperson, Councillor Maeve Mclaughlin and Councillor Paul Fleming. Back from left, are Geraldine odonnell mark mullan, joanne McDaid, Michael Anderson, and Raymond McCartney, MLA. (2201SL07)

She has also worked with Cunamh, a group which provides counselling and support to victims of the Troubles, for a number of years. Colr. Paul Fleming is also expected to stand in the rural ward.

Top of the Hill community worker Geraldine O’Donnell will be named as the party candidate in the Waterside ward. Mrs O’Donnell is well known in the area and works in the Hillcrest House community centre. Her name will join colr. Lynn Fleming’s on the ballot paper.

Liam Friel is expected to be named as the party’s candidate for the Creggan constituency alongside sitting councillors Kevin Campbell, Patricia Logue, and Colin Kelly. Mr Friel previously stood for election for the now-defunct Socialist Environmental Alliance in 2005.

Local tour guide Mickey Cooper will stand as a candidate in the Northland ward.

He operates Free Derry Tours and is well known for promoting the benefits of political tourism, particularly in the Bogside area.

He will run alongside sitting councillors Maeve McLaughlin, Gerry MacLochlainn and Eric McGinley.

Recently co-opted councillors Eric McGinley and Colin Kelly, who were chosen to replace Billy Page and Peter Anderson respectively, will be chosen to stand in the election.

Colr. McGinley will stand in the Northland ward while colr. Kelly will run in the cityside area.

A Sinn Féin source described the candidate list as “dynamic” and said it offers a mixture of youth and experience and included more women than ever.