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Sinn Féin Selects Deputy Mayoral Candidate for Belfast

6 May, 2004

The Sinn Féin group in Belfast City Council has selected East Belfast Councillor Joe O'Donnell as their candidate for the position of Deputy Mayor for the incoming term. Following the decision this week, the party group leader Cllr Tom Hartley has written to all of the five other political parties seeking a meeting to discuss the issue of the forthcoming mayoral and deputy mayoral elections, due to take place next month.

Speaking today Cllr Hartley said:

"Sinn Féin has argued for some time that all civic and committee positions in council should be allocated in a fair and equitable manor. We want to see Belfast becoming an inclusive city welcoming to all and respecting all the citizens equally. This vision is reflected in our approach to the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

"This week we selected Joe O'Donnell as our proposed candidate for the position of Deputy Mayor. We have also written to all of the other political parties inviting them to meet and discuss options for the forthcoming elections." ENDS

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