Philip McGuigan appointed to new role within Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Antrim Philip McGuigan has revealed that he has decided to take up a full time position within Sinn Féin's Six County organisation and will therefore not seek to run again for the Assembly. Mr McGuigan will however remain as a party elected representative on Ballymoney Council.
Speaking today Mr McGuigan said:
"With the introduction of the legislation on dual mandates those of us currently sitting on both local councils and the Assembly have a decision to make. A vacancy has also arisen within Sinn Féin at Six County level and after some considerable thought I decided to apply to take on this role while maintaining my Council seat.
"Obviously that leaves me in a position where I have reluctantly decided not to seek re-election to the Assembly at this time. I have enjoyed my time as an MLA but I now feel that the time is right to pursue this new direction within the party at this challenging time.
"As a local Councillor I will continue to provide support for whatever party colleague is selected by the organisation here in North Antrim to run for the Assembly and I am confident that we will continue to increase our support in this constituency in the years to come.
"Given much recent misguided and deliberately misinformed media hype concerning the selection of Sinn Féin candidates I feel it is important to point out that this decision has nothing whatever to do with current discussions on the policing issue and is purely down to the above reasons. I look forward to continuing to work within Sinn Féin to maximise change and transform society on this island." ENDS