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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew in frame for return in Fermanagh

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/02/2016

Michelle Gildernew
Michelle Gildernew

A former MP and Stormont Minister could be set for a political comeback after Sinn Fein said it would hold a third candidate selection meeting in Fermanagh.

It means that Michelle Gildernew - was selected to run for the Assembly at the first, then de-selected at the second - has a chance to re-enter politics.

Earlier this month, her political career appeared to be over after she failed to be picked by Sinn Fein to contest May's Assembly election. Outspoken MLA Phil Flanagan was instead chosen as a candidate after the party ordered a re-run of its December selection process.

Current MLA Sean Lynch and local councillor John Feely were chosen as Mr Flanagan's two running mates. The party's Ard Chomhairle had ordered the second vote after reports of concerns over procedures.

At the time, Ms Gildernew tweeted: "Well done to the successful candidates Phil Flanagan, John Feely and Sean Lynch in tonight's Fermanagh/South Tyrone convention."

But a Sinn Fein spokesman said afterwards the selections had not been decided as they had to be ratified by the party's ruling council.

Now in a further twist Sinn Fein is set to meet next week to select a fourth candidate.

Ms Gildernew won the 2010 General Election by the tightest margin in the UK, just four votes. She lost out to Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott in last year's Westminster poll.

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