Family of Francis Hughes publicly endorse Sinn Fein ahead of election

In a statement carried in the Irish News today, Oliver Hughes has urged people to support Sinn Fein ahead of next week’s elections.

The former Sinn Fein councillor had intimated only a matter of weeks ago that he was considering running as an Independent republican candidate in light of the reservations being expressed by republicans ahead of the Extraordinary Ard Fheis on Policing.

Since then, he has clearly been convinced of the merits of the Sinn Fein strategy, and his endorsement will be taken as an indication of the clearly overwhelming support from within the republican community for the steps taken over policing, something that does not augur well for the plethora of dissident/ disaffected republican candidates who have put their name on ballot papers across many of the 18 constituencies.