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Three candidates for March 2nd Assembly election announced
Published: 16 January, 2017
Sinn Féin members in Fermanagh & South Tyrone have selected three candidates to contest the Assembly elections on 2nd March.
Two of the candidates are sitting MLAs Seán Lynch and Michelle Gildernew. The third is Jemma Dolan, the current Fermanagh & South Tyrone Constituency Manager, who has been selected by the membership for the first time.
After thanking the cumainn that nominated her, and Councillor John Feely for formally proposing her on the night, Jemma Dolan said:
"I believe wholeheardtly in Sinn Fein's quest for equality and that it must be at the core of any political institution and whether I'm an activist or elected rep, I will strive to achieve this.
"As the current organiser for the area, I've been doing a lot of travelling around the constituency and I'm well aware of the issues, one of the top issues being Brexit.
"I support the Border Communities Against Brexit campaign, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because the impact of Brexit on Fermanagh is something that should worry us all.
"Before coming back to Fermanagh to take on the role of Constituency Manager, I worked in the European Parliament with the 4 Sinn Fein MEPs.
"I know the EU needs reform and it's far from perfect, but as bad as things might be being part of it, I can't imagine the damage that leaving could do to us, our businesses, our farmers, our students and more importantly how we live our day to day lives around a border we never asked for and don't want. Brexit threatens us with a strengthening of that border that we must oppose and fight against."
Seán Lynch MLA congratulated Jemma on being selected and said that he was pleased that it was likely that Fermanagh & South Tyrone would have two women representatives as well as himself.
"Women make up at least half of our society and Sinn Féin are at the forefront of ensuring that we reflect this in our political institutions. As the party spokesperson on equality, that is particularly important to me and I will be honoured to stand beside these two strong women to represent the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
"This election will be a defining moment in our struggle. You have all witnessed DUP arrogance, disrespect for our identity and culture, and apparent corruption as the DUP have moved from one scandal to another.
"Sinn Féin are not willing to accept a return to the status quo and this is the right time to call a halt to the DUP's arrogance."
Speaking following her selction at the South Tyrone convention, sitting MLA Michelle Gildernew said:
"It is always an honour to be nominated by the membership to represent the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
"This time it is even more crucial that people come out and use their vote. We've seen some close elections in this constituency over the years and I am asking people to ensure that this time we send a message to the DUP loud and clear.
"Even today the DUP have shown complete contempt towards nationalists and unionists alike by once again abusing the petition of concern. Their arrogance seems never ending.
"We will not be returning to these institutions unless the cornerstones of the Good Friday Agreement - equality and respect for people and respect for their rights are recognised and adhered to.
"We are asking you to come out and stand with us.
"Around 60,000 people have been removed from the electoral register across the north. I would urge everyone to check that they are on the register as many I have spoken to did not even realise they had been taken off." - Ends/Críoch
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