SF’s Maeve McLaughlin chosen as new Foyle MLA

Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)
Sinn F�in's Maeve McLaughlin. (0806MM30)

Sinn Féin’s Maeve McLaughlin was last night selected to replace Martina Anderson as MLA for Foyle.

Ms. McLaughlin was selected with the unanimous support of party activists and supporters who attended a special selection convention in the city.

Senior party member Mitchel McLaughlin MLA was the guest speaker at the event.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ following her selection, Ms. McLaughlin said: “I am delighted to have been selected by the party to take on the role of representing the people of Derry in the Assembly.

“I look forward to working with the current Sinn Féin team at the Assembly and my colleagues on Derry City Council.

“In the times ahead, I believe the key issues that we need to deliver on are maximising the potential of our tourism product, 2013 City of Culture, and the Regeneration Plan for Derry.

“The decision of the Executive to commit £12.6 million offers assurances that the city can organise events for City of Culture 2013 with financial confidence.

“We have a golden opportunity for a legacy for Derry with arts, culture and tourist infrastructure ensuring our city becomes a major tourist destination.

“We need to ensure that the new EU funding unit being set up by Derry City Council, which I campaigned for, delivers.

“We must also maximise every opportunity to get funding streams into our city and district and, with Martina taking up her new role as MEP, I have no doubt that the voice of Derry and Ireland will be heard loudly in Europe.”

A decision on who will replace Ms. McLaughlin on Council is expected to take place in the coming weeks.