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SDLP names candidate to run instead of Cahill

Ally Haydock
Ally Haydock

By Staff Reporter

The SDLP has selected a 22-year-old politics student to stand for Lisburn and Castlereagh Council following a rule that prevented sitting councillor Mairia Cahill from running.

Candidates are required by law to publish their address on publicly accessible nomination papers, which the party believed could have put Ms Cahill and her family at risk.

Ms Cahill is a prominent Sinn Fein critic who alleged she had been raped by an IRA member when she was a teenager in 1997.

The SDLP has selected Ally Haydock to run instead. She said she was "hugely disappointed" Ms Cahill could not stand, adding: "Mairia has been a strong voice for people here and I fully intend to follow in her footsteps."

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