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Michelle Gildernew is selected as Sinn Fein's fourth Assembly candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyrone

By Rebecca Black

The former MP has spoken of her delight after being selected as Sinn Fein's fourth candidate at its third selection convention

Former Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has been selected to run for Sinn Fein in the Assembly election in May.

She will be Sinn Fein's fourth candidate, and was selected just weeks after losing out at the party's second selection convention.

Sinn Fein has held three selection conventions in Fermanagh South Tyrone after a series of rows.

Sitting MLA Phil Flanagan was deselected in the first selection convention in December.

After Sinn Fein decided to rerun the selection process last month, Mr Flanagan was reselected but Ms Gildernew was dropped after failing to secure enough votes from party members.

On Friday night Ms Gildernew was selected.

The full Sinn Fein line up in Fermanagh South Tyrone is now Ms Gildernew, Mr Flanagan, Sean Lynch and John Feely.

It is understood that Ms Gildernew was the only candidate at Friday night's selection convention.

At the last Assembly elections in 2011, Sinn Fein won three of the six seats in Fermanagh South Tyrone with candidates Michelle Gildernew, Sean Lynch and Phil Flanagan.

Ms Gildernew resigned from the Assembly in 2012 due to rules against double jobbing, she was replaced by Bronwyn McGahan.

The Tyrone woman previously served as Agriculture Minister.

Ms Gildernew says she is delighted to be selected to represent South Tyrone in the forthcoming Assembly election.

"I am honoured to have been selected by South Tyrone. I have a track record of work and delivery for the people of this constituency over two decades," she said.

“This constituency is very dear to me and I look forward to joining the strong  team of candidates from Fermanagh in maximising the Sinn Féin vote.

“We now have a team which will give the best representation possible to people right across this very large constituency.

“I am very proud to be selected to play my part in working to achieve the best possible result for Sinn Féin.

“I aim to build on the excellent work to date by my party colleagues in the Executive and in the Assembly in delivering a better quality of life for people West of the Bann."



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