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Former Sinn Fein man's Aontu party to contest Northern Ireland general election seats

Move: Peadar Toibin
Move: Peadar Toibin

By John Downing

Peadar Toibin, leader of the conservative nationalist party Aontu, has confirmed it will contest up to five seats in Northern Ireland in a general election.

Mr Toibin, who launched the party last January after a split with Sinn Fein, also said that if successful the candidates will not take their seats in Westminster.

The Meath West TD said no final decisions had been reached about where they would contest seats, or who their candidates will be.

But he said discussions were under way about fielding Dr Anne McCloskey in Foyle, where she already holds a council seat.

He said they were looking at the prospect of contesting Fermanagh-South Tyrone where Cllr Denise Mullan might stand.

Other constituencies in Newry and Armagh, West Belfast and Mid-Ulster were also under consideration.

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