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Sinn Féin bid to win 6 out of 7 seats in Blackmountain

9 January, 2019

At a selection convention in West Belfast this evening, Sinn Féin has selected Ronan McLaughlin as the party’s sixth candidate to stand for election in the Blackmountain area in the Local Government election which will take place on Thursday 2nd May. 

Ronan McLaughlin is currently Alex Maskey’s constituency manager and has extensive experience working in the European Parliament as the former political advisor to Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson. 

He now joins Ciaran Beattie, Emma Groves, Arder Carson, Steven Corr and Órla Nic Biorna as the party’s candidates for the Blackmountain DEA.

Ronan McLaughlin said:

“I am delighted to have been selected to stand as a Sinn Féin candidate in the Blackmountain area in the upcoming council elections pending ratification from the Ard Chomhairle. 

“Sinn Féin is running six candidates in this seven-seat DEA and we will be doing our best to secure all six seats.

“We have a strong party organisation in Blackmountain, and a council team with a great blend of youth and experience.

“The Sinn Féin council team in this area has delivered consistently for citizens.

“We have worked hard on the ground, in conjunction with our outstanding community leaders, and we are proud to be part of a team that strives to increase investment, create more jobs and make this part of Belfast an even better place to live.

“The Sinn Féin Belfast council group will continue to stand strongly against Brexit and those who supported it, and the devastating consequences which Brexit threatens to bring on our communities and on ordinary people.

“We will also continue to battle against the denial of citizens’ rights, on the Irish language, on legacy issues, on LGBT rights and marriage equality, and on our national rights.

“Sinn Féin has delivered and we will continue to deliver and stand up for all the citizens of Belfast.” 

Ronan McLaughlin Biography:

Ronan McLaughlin is a 25 year old lifelong Andersonstown resident. 

He attended CBS Glen Road, before graduating with a degree in Politics and International Relations from Queens University Belfast.

After completing his degree, Ronan worked as a political advisor for Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson in the European Parliament in Brussels before returning home to work for Alex Maskey MLA in the role as Constituency Manager for the Upper Falls area of West Belfast. 

Ronan played an integral role in both the Save CBS and the Save St Mary’s University College community campaigns. 

He is currently a member of Saint Teresa’s Primary School Board of Governors and is a passionate advocate of language, LGBT and disability rights. 

A tireless community and republican activist with extensive experience, Ronan would be another excellent addition to Sinn Féin’s Belfast council team.

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