Candidates for #GE2017

Alliance Party (18 candidates)

East Antrim – Stewart Dickson

East Belfast – Naomi Long

East Londonderry – Chris McCaw

Fermanagh and South Tyrone – Noreen Campbell

Foyle – John Doherty

Lagan Valley – Aaron McIntyre

Mid Ulster – Fay Watson

Newry and Armagh – Jackie Coade

North Antrim – Patricia O’Lynn

North Belfast – Sam Nelson

North Down – Andrew Muir

South Antrim – Neil Kelly

South Belfast – Paula Bradshaw

South Down – Andrew McMurray

Strangford – Kellie Armstrong

Upper Bann – Tara Doyle

West Belfast – Sorcha Eastwood

West Tyrone – Stephen Donnelly

Sinn Fein (18 candidates)

Foyle- Elisha McCallion

South Belfast- Mairtin O’Mulleoir

South Down – Chris Hazzard

East Antrim- Oliver McMullan

East Belfast- Mairead O’Donnell

East Derry- Dermot Nicholl

Fermanagh & South Tyrone- Michelle Gildernew

Lagan Valley-

Mid Ulster- Francie Molloy

Newry & Armagh- Mickey Brady

North Antrim- Cara McShane

North Belfast- John Finucane

North Down- Therese McCartney

South Antrim- Declan Kearney


Upper Bann- John O’Dowd

West Belfast- Paul Maskey

West Tyrone- Barry McElduff

SDLP (18 Candidates)

Foyle- Mark Durkan

South Belfast- Alasdair McDonnell

South Down – Margaret Ritchie

East Antrim- Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop

East Belfast- Séamas de Faoite

East Derry- Cllr Stephanie Quigley

Fermanagh & South Tyrone- Cllr Mary Garrity

Lagan Valley- Cllr Pat Catney MLA

Mid Ulster- Cllr Malachy Quinn

Newry & Armagh- Justin McNulty MLA

North Antrim- Cllr Declan O’Loan

North Belfast- Martin McAuley

North Down- Caoímhe McNeill

South Antrim- Cllr Roisin Lynch

Strangford- Cllr Joe Boyle

Upper Bann- Cllr Declan McAlinden

West Belfast- Cllr Tim Attwood

West Tyrone- Daniel McCrossan MLA

DUP (17 candidates)

North Belfast – Nigel Dodds

East Belfast – Gavin Robinson

East Antrim – Sammy Wilson

North Antrim – Ian Paisley

East Londonderry – Gregory Campbell

Lagan Valley – Jeffrey Donaldson

South Belfast- Emma Little-Pengelly

South Down-Diane Forsythe

Upper Bann – David Simpson

Strangford – Jim Shannon

South Antrim – Paul Girvan MLA

West Belfast – Ald Frank McCoubrey

Foyle – Gary Middleton MLA

Mid Ulster- Keith Buchanan

West Tyrone-Tom Buchanan

Newry & Armagh- William Irwin

North Down- Alex Easton

Ulster Unionist Party (15 candidates)

Newry & Armagh -Sam Nicholson

South Belfast – Michael Henderson

East Belfast- Hazel Legge

East Antrim- John Stewart

East Londonderry- Richard Holmes

Fermanagh & South Tyrone- Tom Elliott                                                      

Lagan Valley – Robbie Butler

Mid Ulster – Mark Glasgow

North Antrim- Jackson Minford

North Down- Alan Chambers

South Antrim- Danny Kinahan

South Down- Harold McKee

Strangford- Mike Nesbitt

Upper Bann- Doug Beattie                                      

West Tyrone- Alicia Clarke

Green Party (7 candidates)

North Down- Steven Agnew MLA

South Belfast- Clare Bailey MLA

East Belfast- Cllr Georgina Milne

Fermanagh & South Tyrone- Tanya Jones

Strangford- Ricky Bamford

North Belfast- Malachi O’Hara

West Tyrone- Ciaran McClean

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  • AntrimGael

    Feeney is a superb political commentator. He has his finger on the pulse of Nationalist thinking and has probably called most political ‘crises/ fiascos’ long before they have materialised. He also cut his teeth as a Councilor in the bearpit that was Belfast City Council in the 80’s and knows Unionist/Loyalist bigotry inside out.
    He remains the Irish News most popular columnist by a long distance. The fact that Brian Feeney and Martin Morgan walked away from the SDLP says more about that party than those two individuals. Any political party that let’s such political ability go deserves to fade into obscurity.

  • Gaygael

    That’s a very generous interpretation of the career trajectory of a former Tory pact candidate.

  • Gaygael

    If you think equality is about sanitising former torys…..

  • Ryan A

    You call Alliance nasty then pull that?

    Clutching at straws a bit my friend.

  • Ryan A

    At least it was fought on an agreed policy platform, unlike the half baked arrangement on a single issue the Green’s tried to construct just a few weeks ago.

  • Ryan A

    Maybe for another thread though.

  • Ryan

    Maybe because she is from West Tyrone part of Fermanagh South Tyrone….

  • Granni Trixie

    I think transparency in candidate selection does matter. In APNI local associations chose candidates. No quotas, no imposed from above.

  • Granni Trixie

    BF has accurate analysis of nationalism you say – but is he as well informed on Republican-SF politics?

  • Granni Trixie

    Arguably being Deputy Leader (then) defines one as “a Leader” for purposes of representing a party in Leaders debate.

  • Gaygael

    We were right to explore the pact. The bridges to cross in such short time were too big. We consulted internally and externally externally.

    We got called sectarian by alliance. Shameful.

  • Lucian Fletcher

    She’s the chair of Fermanagh and Omagh Council. So she’s about as high profile as they have other than Richie McPhillips! The fact that you’ve never heard of her suggests the SDLP decline is worse than I thought. Having said that, she is actually from over the (county) border in W Tyrone.

  • ted hagan


  • Vince

    I disagree. I may be wrong but I think when he fell out with the SDLP 25 years ago it had little to do with policy issues. He has the usual popularity typical of a small-town shock-jock. I’m afraid his analysis is increasingly coloured by prejudice, invective and a consistent line in personal abuse, some of it regarding the physical appearance of his targets. There is a consistent thread of man/woman playing and personally I find it tired and tiresome. He is remarkably uncritical of some and vicious towards others, many very undeserving of it.
    He was once the SDLP for Oldpark I understand. In my work recently I had the pleasure of getting to know another councillor for Oldpark, Nichola Mallon. In my book there is no comparison between the character and calibre of these two individuals.

  • Mark Petticrew

    I’d see Feeney as being rather in know when it comes to the republican perspective. His 2002 book Sinn Féin: A Hundred Turbulent Years is one of the most informative books you can get for those who want to understand Sinn Féin and channel its history.

  • Granni Trixie

    Thanks – I will take a look at it (on my shelves unread). I did think his writing of Gerry Bradley’s story was excellent.

  • grumpy oul man

    Very good Ted, up to your usual secterian standards,
    But what do we expect from you at any time

  • Korhomme

    Ah, that explains it: I’m as far east in Tyrone as it’s possible to go without falling into the Blackwater.

  • ted hagan

    I am no more sectarian than you are literate.

  • Ryan A


  • SDLP supporter

    Shibboleth is exactly the word. People have a right to be suspicious of a party which for decades insisted that the IRA army council was the legitimate government of Ireland and that Dáil Éireann (and Stormont) were illegal entities set up by a British Act of Parliament.
    People like Declan Kearney insultingly refer to the Irish State as ‘the twenty six counties’ whereas no Sinn Fein TD would dare use that phrase in the Dail.

    For years Adams and Co trundled an old guy called
    ‘General’ Tom Maguire around as the living embodiment of the legitimate Irish state because he had been elected to the Second Dail and was one of the six ‘surviving faithful members’ who transferred their ‘legitimacy’ to the IRA Army Council in 1938.

    Old Maguire was treated like a holy relic, lived to 101 and, when he fell out with Adams as yet another traitor because Sinn Fein took their seats in the Dail, eventually transferred his ‘legitimacy’ to Ruairi O Bradaigh.

  • Reader

    Mark Petticrew: Sinn Féin would likely argue that whereas they currently want to be a part of the EU, they most certainly don’t want to be a part of the UK, thus they’re content in taking their seats in the European Parliament, but not in the House of Commons.
    Alternatively they could take the same approach that Nigel Farage adopted as an MEP – Turn up whenever you feel like it and tell everyone what you think of them.
    In the end, Farage won his campaign.

  • Mark Petticrew

    The abstentionist policy toward Westminster is such a long-standing one that I can’t see Sinn Féin ever changing tack on it. Sinn Féin’s swift rejection of ever sitting on the green benches when questions were raised after Michelle Gildernew’s “never say never” comment in 2015 only served to confirm how little sign there is of that policy changing.

    Abstentionism hasn’t exactly been an electoral drain for them in recent decades anyway, nor in this upcoming election in particular; they being very much in the running for South Down and Fermanagh-South Tyrone, possibly also Foyle and maybe even South Belfast in the event of a perfect storm.

    Through dropping the policy of abstention to Stormont and the Dáil, it illustrated that Belfast and Dublin were going to be the future playing fields of Sinn Féin’s political strategy as the two parliaments in Ireland, facilitating the growth of large parliamentary teams with sizeable stakes in said parliaments.

    Westminster, however, is limited to 18 northern MPs out of 650, less than half of which they could ever actually win; Sinn Féin therefore being able to in effect get away with not taking their seats because of the meagre stake northerners actually have in the House of Commons.

    But really the most pertinent factor that guides Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy toward Westminster is of course the symbolism of not stepping foot in the British parliament. Indeed, this doctrine of Irish republican legitimism is not something Nigel Farage was ever cradled with in taking his MEP seat.