Mitchel McLaughlin selected to contest South Antrim
Sinn Féin this evening held a selection convention in South Antrim. Party
General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin was endorsed by the party membership
and this nomination will now be passed to the Ard Chomhairle for ratification.
Speaking after the meeting Martin Meehan, who proposed Mr McLaughlin at the convention said:
"Sinn Féin in South Antrim have made significant advances in recent years. We now hope with Mitchel in place to build upon this and secure an Assembly seat for the first time.
"The organisation is focused on the task in hand and we intend now to press ahead and fulfil the potential which Sinn Féin undoubtedly has in this constituency."
Cllr. Henry Cushinan who stood for the party in the 2005 Westminster elections said:
"The decision of Mitchel to put his name forward in South Antrim is an indication of the commitment of the party leadership to this constituency and to building the party here. At the meeting this evening there was a real
sense from the activists that we are now poised to take the party in South Antrim to a new level.
"We will never take the electorate for granted and there are many challenges ahead in the coming weeks and months but I am convinced that we are up for this and we are equipped to deliver a seat in a planned March election."
Mr McLaughlin said:
"I am obviously delighted to have secured this nomination and subject to Ard Chomhairle ratification I am now keen to get down to the job of putting an effective campaign together. We already have a committed team of councillors
in Antrim and Newtownabbey as well as a solid organisation on the ground.
"This is a massive challenge for me personally and for the party, but I am convinced that we can make a positive impact and can for the first time secure this seat for Sinn Féin here in South Antrim." ENDS