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Sinn Féin MLA to concentrate on role as local Councillor

5 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Thomas O'Reilly has announced that he will not seek a nomination to stand in the Assembly election planned for March. Mr O'Reilly said that he felt he wanted to concentrate on local politics and his role as a member of Fermanagh District Council. Cllr. OReilly said 'this is the only reason behind my decision and I want to make this clear to avoid any mischief making by elements of the media hostile to the republican cause'.

Mr O'Reilly said:

"While I have enjoyed my time as an MLA serving the people here in Fermanagh and South Tyrone I have long felt that combining the role of local councillor in a rural area and an Assembly member is virtually impossible.

"The new regulations regarding dual mandates mean that people in my situation have a choice to make. Given the changes being proposed in local government here through the RPA and the challenges which that will pose for local councillors I feel that my role lies at that level.

"I think therefore that it is only fair that I do not seek a nomination for the planned Assembly election in March and instead give my 100% focus to my role as a local Councillor. This is the only reason behind my decision and I want to make this clear to avoid any mischief making by elements of the media hostile to the republican cause.

"As a Sinn Féin elected representative in Fermanagh I will be working to ensure that we continue to increase our representation in the constituency and continue to advance the republican struggle." ENDS

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