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Sinn Fein MP's brother nominated to fill vacated MLA position

Michelle Gildernew's brother has been nominated to fill her position in the Assembly after she was returned as MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the recent election.

Father-of-three Colm Gildernew (48) said he was "proud" to be nominated for the position.

"I look forward to providing a new voice for the constituency alongside Jemma Dolan and Sean Lynch as well as the other Sinn Fein representatives to ensure the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone continue to get first-class representation," he said.

"The momentum has been building behind Sinn Fein's platform of equality, rights and Irish unity in recent years and, if my selection is approved by the Ard Chomhairle I will do all in my power to advance that program.

“I am looking forward to representing all the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone pursuing equal rights and opportunities for all."

Given rules around double-jobbing those MLAs voted into Parliament must relinquish their Stormont seats. Once approved by the party's ruling body Mr Gildernew will join the ranks of Stormont's 90 MLAs and will be paid £49,500 a year.    

Mr Gildernew is well known on the traditional music scene in Tyrone and is a founding member of the first Brantry Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann. He is also a founding member, former chairman of and current director of Aghaloo Credit Union, a member of and keen follower of Aghaloo CLG, founding member of The Brantry Area Rural Development Association and has been chairman of both his local Sinn Fein Cumann and Comhairle Ceantair.

He worked at home in the farming and engineering business eventually taking over the engineering enterprise with one of his brothers and running it successfully for 10 years. He has participated in business development groups on behalf of the legacy council and is well known in local business circles.

He received a first class honours degree in social work, it is in this field he has been working until his local area selected him to be co-opted to the Assembly.

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