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Keady man co-opted onto Armagh Council

29 January, 2008

Darren McNally has been co-opted onto Armagh Council to represent the Crossmore Ward following to replace his colleague, Newry and Armagh Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Boylan on the Council.

Councillor McNally is from Keady. The 31 year old father of a young family joined Sinn Fein when in his early teens and is a founder member of the local McVerry/ McElvanna Cumann. As a Sinn Fein activist he has held every position on the Cumann Officer Board, the most recent most being Chairperson. Darren also played a key role in directing Cathal Boylan's campaign in last years successful Assembly elections.

The Councillor comes from a highly respected family with a lengthy republican tradition. He has a keen interest in the environment and he hopes as a Councillor on Armagh City and District Council to use that interest in order to pursue issues of environmental concerns that impact both locally and throughout the district. He also a keen Road Bowler and is a member of the Keady and Tassagh Road Bowls Club.

Commenting on his role Darren stated that he as his Party Sinn Féin, believed in building strong communities.

"As local Councillors we must work in partnership with communities so that in particular we make it possible for communities to protect and care for the weak, the vulnerable and the aged. It is also essential that issues of concern raised by local residents and communities are given prompt attention by highlighting and addressing them".

Sinn Féin Group leader on Armagh City and District Council, Cathy Rafferty , welcoming Darren's co-option said:

"Darren will be a great benefit to not only the Armagh Sinn Fein Council team but to the Crossmore area. He is widely recognised as an articulate, committed and caring person who has an awareness of issues of concern both locally and nationally".

Newry and Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan congratulating Darren on his co-option said that he would make an excellent local representative.

"Darren has had a lengthy involvement in Sinn Fein and has given a valuable input to the Newry and Armagh political strategy mapped out by the Party. He is committed to tackling disadvantage and being relevant in the daily lives of those whom he represents" ENDS

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