Sinn Féin has today selected 26-year-old Carrickmore solicitor Órfhlaith Begley to contest the West Tyrone by election following the resignation of Barry McElduff.
Speaking about her selection she said;
“If elected MP for West Tyrone I pledge that I will be an MP for all, that I will work without fear or favour for all the people of this constituency.
“If you want an Acht Gaeilge, equal marriage rights, the right to a coroner’s inquest then I am calling on you to stand with Sinn Féin.
“If you want an MP who will stand up in the interests of all our people against the twin threats of Tory austerity and Brexit then stand with Sinn Féin.
“If you want an MP who is prepared to work for Irish unity, not just talk about Irish unity then stand with Sinn Féin.
“I want a modern and inclusive Ireland. An Ireland in which political persuasion, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or skin colour make no difference as to how a citizen is treated.
“Sinn Féin is the only party in West Tyrone able to deliver on a rights-based agenda.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs