Sinn Fein to back Ian Marshall for the Seanad

Sinn Fein President, Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed the party will back Ian Marshall for the upcoming Seanad by-election.

She said;

“I am pleased to confirm that Sinn Féin will be supporting Ian Marshall in the upcoming Seanad by-election.

“I have met with Ian on a number of occasions in recent weeks and I have been impressed by his views on Brexit and the potential impact Brexit will have on the island, north and south. 

“I believe Ian will be a strong Independent voice in the Seanad; providing an anti-Brexit unionist perspective, which is a welcome addition to the political discourse surrounding the issue in the Oireachtas. Brexit affects people from all backgrounds and ways of life; nationalist, unionists and everyone in between.

“From his time as a farmer, as President of the Ulster Farmers Union, and his current position at Queens University, Ian is particularly qualified and experienced to advocate on behalf of farmers and the Agri-sector; which faces massive challenges in the time ahead.

“Ian is a unionist. I am an Irish Republican. As I have stated repeatedly, the Ireland I want to see is one where one can comfortably be Irish or British, both or neither. I believe Ian can bring a new and interesting voice to the discussion surrounding a New Ireland.

“I want to wish him the very best of luck when the votes are counted on Friday.

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs