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Claire Canavan selected to replace Jim McVeigh

11 January, 2018

Speaking after being selected to go forward to be co-opted to replace Jim McVeigh as a councillor for the Court DEA in Belfast City Council, Sinn Féin worker and activist Claire Canavan said:

"I am proud and honoured to have been chosen by Sinn Féin to go forward to the Ard Chomhairle for approval to be co-opted to Belfast City Council to replace Jim McVeigh as a councillor for Court DEA.

"I want to thank my colleagues for placing their faith in me to represent this area and I want to play my part in continuing the growth of Sinn Féin in this area and in Belfast City Council. 

"I want to thank Jim for the great work he did locally and for the many years of work he has put in as a Sinn Féin councillor in this area.

"Momentum has been building behind Sinn Féin's platform of equality, rights and Irish unity and, if my selection is approved, I will do all in my power to advance that programme.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

Claire Canavan Bio

Claire Canavan is 34 years old, she grew up in the Clonard area.

She attended St Dominic’s Grammar School before completing a degree in Law and Politics at Queen's University.

She attended the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and was awarded the Certificate of Professional Legal Studies.

Claire was a practising barrister for seven years before taking on the role as Fra McCann’s political advisor/constituency manager (in 2014). She then took up a position as a policy advisor in Stormont in 2016. 

Claire has been a Sinn Féin activist from her teens and is currently vice chair of the local Comhairle Ceantair. She also held the following posts in Clonard Cumann: Chair, Vice chair, secretary and DOE.

She is a committee member of Clonard Residents Association and is interested in the Irish language and attends classes in Cumann Chluain Árd.

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