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Ex-Sinn Fein councillor Digney to run as independent

By Suzanne Breen

A former Sinn Fein councillor who quit the party in protest at how it treated Daithi McKay after the Nama inquiry scandal is running in the Assembly election in North Antrim as an independent.

Monica Digney was deeply critical of the party when she resigned, along with 17 other members, last August.

They claimed that Mr McKay had been "hung out to dry" over his alleged coaching of Jamie Bryson before the loyalist blogger gave evidence to the Finance Committee's Nama hearing at Stormont.

Mr McKay, who chaired the committee, was suspended from the party following the allegations and has since quit.

Ms Digney told the Ballymena Guardian she had decided to run as an independent in the Assembly election "after being approached by many local voters".

She began canvassing yesterday in Dunloy.

Ms Digney opposed the co-option of Philip McGuigan into Mr McKay's seat.

She will now go head-to-head with him for the local republican vote.

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