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Cllr. Joe O'Donnell not to seek re-election

16 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Belfast Cllr. Joe O'Donnell has announced that he will not seek a nomination for next years local government elections.

Cllr. O'Donnell said:

" After careful consideration and discussing the matter with my family and friends I have decided not to seek a nomination in next year‚s local government election.

" I was very proud for the people of the Short Strand when they succeeded in electing me as the first ever Sinn Fein Councillor for the area.

" I was equally delighted when my colleagues in the City Hall nominated me and I was elected as Belfast‚s Deputy Mayor. It has been a personal and political privilege for me to serve in this role.

" I have been an active republican for over thirty years and I will continue to fulfil leadership responsibilities in the party structures in the city. I also intend to continue to remain central to the regeneration of the Short Strand as a community and political activist.

" With the help of the people of the Short Strand we have built a solid base of support for Sinn Fein. I will remain committed to consolidating the political strength of our party in East Belfast.

" I am satisfied this base of support will join me in ensuring my successor becomes the next Sinn Fein Councillor in Pottinger next May." ENDS

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