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Son of murdered prison officer David Black to stand in council elections

Kyle Black alongside DUP leader Arlene Foster
Kyle Black alongside DUP leader Arlene Foster
Prison officer David Black was shot dead by dissident republicans as he drove along the M1 to work at Maghaberry Prison in 2012.

The son of a prison officer murdered by dissident republicans has been selected to stand for the DUP in May's council elections.

Kyle Black will be the DUP candidate for the Carntogher electoral area within Mid Ulster Council.

In November 2012, Mr Black's father, David, was shot dead by dissident republicans as he drove along the M1 to work at Maghaberry Prison.

Days after the killing, the New IRA claimed responsibility for the murder.

Speaking following his selection, Mr Black said his family has received a great deal of community support in recent years and he wanted to give back.

"I have obviously been shaped and moulded by my own background and circumstances, which will always be a massive part of who I am,"he said.

"I cannot change what has happened, however I will not let my circumstances totally define who I am as an individual.

"I feel that I now have a voice, which can be used in a positive way within the political arena. My family and I have received a great deal of public support in recent years and this has driven me to want to give back to the community.

"I am determined to play my part in building a better future for everyone in our society."

The DUP candidate has spoken out in recent years against terrorism, most recently in the wake of car bomb in Londonderry last month, which was blamed on the New IRA.

Mr Black said he wanted to speak for those in the Mid Ulster Council area where the "unionist voice is in the minority".

"Many people feel that republicans are very quick to demand respect from others but demonstrate no willingness to offer any such respect to the unionist community," he added.

"I firmly believe in equality and respect, however this approach does not reflect the true meaning of these phrases. Equality and respect cannot be a one way street."

DUP leader Arlene Foster said she was "delighted" Mr Black will be contesting the upcoming elections.

"As a young person Kyle has experienced some of the worst of our society but I have been hugely impressed with his determination to make a difference and desire to make a difference," she added.

"In Mid Ulster, like all of Northern Ireland only the DUP has the strength to deliver. A strong team of DUP Councillors can deliver the best services at the lowest possible cost to the ratepayer, can build better communities and strengthen the Union.

"I know that Kyle will play an invaluable role within that strong team in Mid Ulster."

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