Michelle Gildernew backs John O’Dowd

From the BBC’s Stephen Walker

Ms Gildernew said she believes Mr O’Dowd has the right qualities to become Sinn Féin’s number two.

She said: “I think John has the skill-set that potentially we need coming into this next phase of the struggle for Irish freedom and bringing about an Ireland of equals.

“That is no disrespect at all to Michelle who I have worked with really well and have an awful lot of time for.

“I just think John has potential. I think the fact we are having this competition is healthy.”

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