Independent Republican Cllrs Confirm as Candidates in 2011

This should make the 2011 local council election in Magherafelt interesting.  The Irish News reports today that

The brother of IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes has confirmed he will stand against Sinn Féin in next year’s local council elections.  Oliver Hughes sits on Magherafelt District Council as an independent republican representative for Moyola district after resigning in 2006 with former Sinn Féin colleague Patsy Groogan over what they described as “internal differences”.  Mr Groogan also confirmed he intends to stand as an independent candidate in the local elections.

When they resigned in 2006 Oliver Hughes stated

“Our reasons for resigning are the result of major domestic political difficulties within the republican movement in south Derry.

“All sides have agreed that we would not debate our difficulties in public.”

Perhaps they’ll get the opportunity to articulate those “difficulties” this time round?