SF’s Kathy Stanton not contesting next assembly election

The Irish News has confirmation from Sinn Féin MLA Kathy Stanton that she will not be standing[subs req] in the next assembly election [whenever that is – Ed] citing “personal, family, commitments”. The North Belfast MLA denied voicing concerns at meetings about the Sinn Féin strategy on policing, noted here previously, and emphasised that she would remain an active member of the party including campaigning for their candidates in the assembly election. Interestingly she is also quoted as saying, “I have always stated that I support the Sinn Féin ard chomhairle’s motions.” The ard chomhairle motion following St Andrews stated “We reject any role for MI5 in Ireland or in civic policing.” The Irish News reports that the Sinn Féin candidates for North Belfast are to be current MLA, Gerry Kelly, and Belfast councillor Caral Ni Chuilin.