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Sinn Fein picks solicitor Orfhlaith Begley (26) to fight candidate West Tyrone by-election

By Jonathan Bell

Sinn Fein has selected its candidate for the West Tyrone by-election following the resignation of Barry McElduff.

Mr McElduff resigned on January 15 after outrage over a video he posted on social media in which he posed with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre.

He apologised, saying he had not realised the significance of the date, and was suspended by his party. He later resigned as MP. No date has been set for the by-election.

Yesterday Sinn Fein selected Carrickmore solicitor Orfhlaith Begley to contest the election following a meeting in Omagh. The 26-year-old is a daughter of former chairman of Omagh District Council Sean Begley, who was a councillor for 26 years.

She currently works as a solicitor in both civil and criminal law.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill described her as an "articulate, dynamic and strong republican woman".

Ms Begley said: "I hope to be a new voice for the constituency and look forward to working with the Sinn Fein team in West Tyrone to regain the Westminster seat and build on the first-class representation Sinn Fein provides for all." Her local selection will go to the Sinn Fein ruling executive for approval.

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