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Sinn Féin Chairperson thanks Cllr. Joe O'Donnell

16 November, 2004

Commenting after the Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Belfast Cllr. Joe O'Donnell announced that he is not seeking re-election to Belfast City Hall, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

" Joe O'Donnell has played a crucial leadership role in the development of Sinn Féin in Belfast for many years. His election as the first Sinn Féin councillor in East Belfast came about after years of hard work and effort.

" Joe after talking with his family and close friends has decided not to seek election for another term in City Hall in the May elections. I respect Joe's decision and wish to place on the record our thanks to him for his efforts over many years as a Sinn Féin representative, councillor and more recently as Deputy Mayor.

" I also look forward to continuing to work with Joe in further developing Sinn Féin in East Belfast and across the city. Joe's experience and knowledge will be invaluable in the coming years and I am glad that he will continue to play a leadership role in the party in Belfast." ENDS

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