Francie Molloy selected to contest Mid Ulster by election
At a selection convention held in Gulladuff this evening Sinn Féin have selected Mid Ulster MLA and longstanding party activist Francie Molloy to contest the Mid Ulster By Election when Martin McGuinness vacates the seat.
Martin McGuinness said,
"As you will be aware the party recently made a decision to end the practice of double-jobbing in the political institutions in the North.
“In line with this new policy in the coming weeks I will resign my Westminster seat to focus on my duties as Joint First Minister.
“It is a great honour for me to propose Francie Molloy and for Michelle O’Neill MLA to second him as candidate to contest the forthcoming Mid Ulster by-election.
“Francie Molloy has been active in political and community life since his teens. He was one of the first people in his area to join the Civil Rights Movement and has been involved in local and national political life ever since, having first been elected in 1985. He was also Director of Elections for Bobby Sands.
“Francie will make an exceptional MP and representative for the people of mid-Ulster.
Francie Molloy added,
“I am delighted to be selected to represent the party in the forthcoming by election in Mid Ulster. The party has been represented by Martin McGuinness since 1997 and although he will be a hard act to follow if elected I will endeavour to serve the people of Mid Ulster with the same determination and fortitude in improving the lives of all the citizens of the area.
“I would like to thank the local party for having the confidence in me to allow me to contest this election and organizing the convention tonight.”