Sinn Fein to announce candidates

Sinn Féin will host a joint selection convention on Sunday to choose candidates from Derry and Strabane to contest next year’s council elections.

It will be the first time candidates for Derry and Strabane will be announced together and comes ahead of the major shake-up of local government in the Review of Public Administration which will see the two council areas merge into one ‘super council.’

The selection convention is the opening salvo in the campaign for the new council structure.

Speaking ahead of the event, which will be held in the Rath Mór Sinn Féin office at 4pm, Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said; “Next year will see big changes in the makeup of local councils with the amalgamation of Derry and Strabane under RPA.

“Sinn Féin felt with such changes on the way that as a party we needed to be ready for the amalgamation and the challenges that it will throw up and have a strong team of elected representatives in place.

“For the first time ever candidates from the Derry and Strabane areas will be selected together on the one day. We have an excellent panel of candidates who will be building upon Sinn Féin’s positive legacy of hard work and diligent representation of all the people of the north west,” he said.

A replacement for Waterside councillor Lynn Fleming, who is leaving Derry City Council, will also be chosen at the event with Bridget Meehan tipped to be co-opted.