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Ex-Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff to stand in council elections in Omagh

The former MP has announced his return to politics.

Ex-Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff has announced he will stand in council elections in Omagh next summer.

Mr McElduff was forced to quit as MP for west Tyrone following footage of him posing with a Kingsmill-branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre.

Mr McElduff said at the time of his resignation that staying in his job would have impeded efforts to forge reconciliation in Northern Ireland but that he was not aware the post coincided with the Kingsmill anniversary.

Posting on social media on Thursday, he said: "Proud to be selected alongside Marty and Anne Marie tonight to go forward in Omagh Town for Sinn Féin in Council Elections 2019."

In October the Public Prosecution Service announced Mr McElduff would not face prosecution for the video.

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Barry McElduff with Kingsmill loaf on his head

In a statement released by Sinn Fein, Mr McElduff said: “I am honoured to be selected for Ard Comhairle ratification to contest the upcoming Council election for Sinn Féin in Omagh, a town that I have a great affinity for and have been proud to represent in the past.

“We currently have one very hard working representative and community champion in Omagh, Councillor Martin McColgan and it’s our determination to maximise our potential by winning three seats in the next election.

“Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald will also be making the move from Mid Tyrone into Omagh, and as someone who already represents Killyclogher, has previously lived there and has strong family and professional connections to the town, it will be a natural transition. 

“For my own part, I have been proud to serve people across West Tyrone over the past 20 years and I look forward to the campaign ahead and to be part of a dynamic team that will return the maximum amount of Sinn Féin Councillors.”

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