Sinn Fein back former SDLP councillor for committee seat

Independent and former SDLP councillor, Sean Carr (pictured) could take up a seat on one of the new council's committees with the backing of Sinn Fein.
Independent and former SDLP councillor, Sean Carr (pictured) could take up a seat on one of the new council's committees with the backing of Sinn Fein.
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Sinn Fein have said they are willing to “give up” one of their seats to Councillor Sean Carr, who recently resigned from the SDLP to become an independent councillor, so that he can take a seat on one of the six committees within Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC).

Mr. Carr, who had served as an SDLP councillor for decades made his announcement that he was leaving the party in April after his party did not nominate him to sit on any of the committees within the new council.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ moments after nominating Mr. Carr, Sinn Fein group leader within council, Councillor Paul Fleming said the party took the unprecedented step to support the former SDLP councillor in the name of “inclusivity”.

“Sinn Fein know all too well what it is like to be excluded and to be on the outside so in the name of inclusivity we are prepared to give up one of our seats on the committees to Sean Carr.

“It’s a matter of principle - the people who voted for Mr. Carr deserve to have their voices heard within council so that’s why we have taken this decision.”

The ‘Journal’ understands that DCSDC are currently assessing the legalities of Sinn Fein’s nomination of Mr Carr and an announcement could be made in the coming days.