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Sinn Féin select Ruairí McHugh as co-option for Strabane District Council

7 November, 2008

Sinn Féin is proposing to co-opt Ruairí Mc Hugh to the take the seat that his late father Charlie McHugh held on Strabane District Council for 23 years. Ruairí was unanimously selected by Sinn Fein members from the Derg Electoral Area of the District at a selection meeting held in Castlederg on Wednesday night.

Ruairí, aged 30, has been a member of the local Harvey/McGlynn/Connolly Cumann in Castlederg since he was 16. Having worked in the construction industry for many years, he has been a mature student since 2005 and is currently studying politics at the University of Ulster, Jordonstown. He has a keen interest in community issues and is an avid follower of Tyrone Gaelic football.

Speaking following his selection he said,

"I am honoured to have been selected by the Sinn Fein membership of the Derg Electoral Area as their proposed co-option to fill the vacancy on Council as a result of the death of my father last month.

"I would not want to pre-empt the outcome of next Tuesday night's Council meeting, but if co-opted, I will be giving my all to help improve the lot of everyone in Strabane District Council area and I will be particularly focussing on the many issues which affect the community in the Derg electoral area of the District.

"I am under no illusions about the challenges of Council work but am determined to meet these challenges with the same determination and commitment that my late father brought to his work."

Speaking following Ruairí's selection, Cllr Brian McMahon who is the Sinn Fein party group leader on Strabane District Council said,

"I would like to take this opportunity to extend the congratulations of the 7 strong Sinn Fein party grouping on Strabane District Council to Ruairí on having been nominated to take up the seat held with such distinction by our esteemed late colleague Charlie.

"Charlie was a guiding light for us all on Council and is an irreplaceable loss. Ruairí has been a committed Sinn Fein activist from an early age and I have no doubt that he will bring the same sterling qualities to the position." ENDS

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