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Fermanagh Sinn Féin elects John Feely as new Chairperson

Published: 9 January, 2015

Sinn Féin members from across Fermanagh have elected Belleek man, John Feely as the party's Chairperson at this year's Comhairle Ceantair AGM.

John, who was elected as a Councillor for Erne North to the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in May last year, takes up the position after being Vice-Chairperson for three years.

Speaking after his election John Feely said:

"I am honoured to have been appointed into this role at a key time for Sinn Féin. Across Ireland, Sinn Féin's support is growing at a significant rate. Our leading messages of national unity, anti-austerity and peace building are resonating with more and more people in all parts of the country.

"Locally, this year will be a major period for the party with a Westminster election due to take place in less than 20 weeks time. Michelle Gildernew will once again be our candidate in this election and we will be seeking the support from people in Fermanagh & South Tyrone in this pivotal election.

"There has been a lot of talk about a potential unity candidate from unionism, largely driven by those who are opposed to the Good Friday and subsequent agreements. We cannot allow their backward looking agenda to become successful. Whatever the combined forces of unionism do, in terms of candidate selection, is outside of our control.

"We are determined to contest this election on the basis of building a better, more equal and united Ireland. We will stand on our record of working on behalf of the people of this constituency, whether that is the support we provide through our constituency offices or the representations we make in councils, in the assembly and elsewhere. We need the support of the people to deliver upon these objectives and we will be working between now and May to retain the Fermanagh & South Tyrone Westminster seat, which is iconic to republicans across Ireland and to people around the world."