Catherine Kelly selected for co-option in West Tyrone
Sinn Féin have selected Catherine Kelly for co-option to replace newly elected MP Barry McElduff as MLA for West Tyrone.
Speaking after being selected at the selection convention Catherine Kelly said:
"I am proud to have been chosen for co-option to the Assembly to replace Barry McElduff, who has just been elected as an MP.
"I look forward to providing a new voice for the constituency alongside Declan McAleer and Michaela Boyle and the other Sinn Féin representatives to ensure the people of West Tyrone continue to get first-class representation.
"There is no doubt that momentum has been building behind Sinn Féin's platform of equality, rights and Irish unity in recent years and, if my selection is approved by the Ard Chomhairle I will do all in my power to advance that program."Ends/Críoch
Catherine Kelly Bio
Catherine Kelly is 30 and although originally from Loughmacrory, she has lived in Omagh town for the past eight years.
Catherine studied English & History in John Moore's University, Liverpool and Early Childhood Studies in South West College, Omagh.
She has been a member of Sinn Féin since 2009, stood as a candidate in Omagh Town in the 2014 local elections, has worked as Political Advisor to Barry McElduff and is currently secretary of Omagh Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair.
Catherine has a passion for the Irish language and previously worked as a nursery assistant in the local Irish language nursery, Naíscoil na gCrann.
She also has a strong community ethos and as well as assisting with her local community association she has helped organise various charity events and workshops on suicide prevention.