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Leonard and Brolly to stand for Assembly election

6 February, 2007

Sinn Féin in East Derry have confirmed that the sitting MLA Francie Brolly and local councillor Billy Leonard are the party’s candidates in the March 7th Assembly election.

Both of them come to the election as high profile candidates in the context of rising Sinn Féin support as was most recently witnessed in the December Skerries by-election result in Portstewart and Portrush.

Both Leonard and Brolly feel they can take a second Assembly seat in the Constituency.

Leonard said:

“I am very pleased at my selection and will run a very determined campaign. We take great heart from all the recent elections and the current context of hope for real and longer term progress. We know that grass roots support has been increasing across the constituency and we are obviously up for the possibility of the second seat.

Sinn Féin is very grateful to the public who recognise our efforts in creating the context for progress and there is now an immense responsibility on the DUP to deliver their diehards who seem very determined to stall what the public at large want.”

Francie Brolly said that a message had to be sent to the DUP by republican and nationalists voters.

“Some DUP members are simply against recognising the people’s vote for Sinn Féin representatives. We therefore call on voters to send the strongest possible message to the DUP at this election.

Republicans and nationalists in East Derry can now give the biggest ever vote for Sinn Féin. The blockages have been removed and we are calling for a resounding endorsement of our approach to both strong local politics and strong united Ireland politics all based on equality.

The combined vote for Sinn Féin in this election and that in the South could make 2007 a vital year for the programme of change in Ireland.” ENDS



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