Coalisland SDLP member among party’s new community team10, December 2011 | By: brendan64 | 1 Comment »
Chair of the SDLP’s Coalisland branch Malachy Quinn has been chosen to become one of the party’s representatives for the Dungannon area.
The former council election candidate will work along with Serena Hyland in representing the Dungannon area on behalf of the party.
The positions are part of a new team of local representatives unveiled by the party’s new leader Alasdair McDonnell.
McDonnell said the move was fulfilling his leadership election pledge to make the SDLP “electorally battle ready” at all times.
The MP and MLA said: “I have begun that process internally and part of that is about identifying energetic people who can look to fill some of the gaps that have emerged, represent the SDLP locally, serve their communities and prepare to fight upcoming local government elections.
“Some are people who will work with our elected representatives in those areas where additional support is welcome and where we feel there are electoral opportunities.
“Others will represent the SDLP in areas which have perhaps been neglected and where we know that the SDLP vote can be encouraged to come out again.
“They come from right across the North and are just the first tranche of representatives that I will be announcing over the next months.”
Newly appointed local reps include:
Serena Hyland – Dungannon
Malachy Quinn – Dungannon
John Coyle – North Fermanagh/Irvinestown
Pat McDaid – Craigavon
Anne Sheridan – South Armagh
Oonagh McNickle – Limavady
Yvonne Leonard – Newry
Christine Wilson – Lisburn
Nicola Turtle – Lisburn
Peter Devlin – North Belfast