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John Rice to replace Pol Ó Gríbin on Newry, Mourne & Down Council

22 January, 2018

Commenting after he was selected to replace Pól Ó Gribín as a Sinn Féin councillor on Newry, Mourne and Down Council, John Rice said:

“It is an honour for me to be selected to replace Pól as a councillor for Sinn Féin on the Newry, Mourne and Down Council.

“I am in no doubt about the challenge ahead and I will build on the solid foundations that have been laid down by Pól who has served the people of Newry, Mourne and Down well.

“This is a brilliant time to be a Republican representative and I will do my best to be a voice for the rural communities.

“Working as part of a great Sinn Fein team I will continue to fight for better infrastructure for country areas, improved services for young and old people and will do my best to support farming families.

“The days of second class citizenship are gone and equality, respect and integrity are our road map towards a new inclusive and reconciled Ireland.”

John was ratified by the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle on Saturday to replace Pól who will be resigning from Council on January 31st.

John Rice Bio

57 year-old John Rice is from Ballylough Road in Castlewellan and attended Clonvaraghan Primary and then St Malachy’s Secondary Castlewellan.

He lives in Castlewellan with his partner Fionuola and has one daughter and three grandchildren.

A former St Johns GAA player John is a member of Kilmegan VC Cycling Club and enjoy walking in the Mournes and Local forest parks.

Former POW John has been a political activist all his adult life and has held many positions within Sinn Fein locally including Chair of South Down Sinn Fein and the local Cumann in Castlewellan. 

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