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Sinn Féin to co-opt Carál Ní Chuilín to Belfast City Council

1 October, 2003

The prospective replacement Sinn Fein Councillor Carál ní Chuilín has spoken of her pleasure in standing tonight for the co-option for the seat of outgoing Councillor Gerard Brophy and of the challenges ahead. The co-option will take place tonight, the 1st of October in Belfast City Hall at 6:00pm. Speaking before the full council meeting Ms ní Chuilín said:

"I am very proud to have been asked to take a seat on Belfast City Council. In particular I am honoured to be replacing Gerard Brophy, whose tireless work and dedication on behalf of the people of North Belfast is a widely accepted fact among all parties in City Hall and most especially his constituents in Carrick Hill, the New Lodge and further afield.

"Sinn Fein is the largest political party in the city and has been the engine for change over the last decade. It is both a challenge and a privilege to become part of that team.

"My main interests are in the fields of human rights and the Irish language. However I am also aware of the important role Councillor's play within our local communities. Being a native of north Belfast I am acutely aware of the many needs of the local community, and I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the city in the time ahead." ENDS

Sinn Féin representative for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has welcomed the new Sinn Fein Councillor for the Oldpark ward in North Belfast, where she will become the newest member of Sinn Féin's fourteen strong council team He said: 'Carál ní Chuilín has been and activist all her adult life and will prove a great addition to our council team. In replacing Gerard Brophy she will be following a commendable and dedicated worker who toped the poll in the last election. I wish her all the best." ENDS

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