IT MAY not quite be Christmas yet, but in the fast moving world of local politics parties are already making preparations for next year’s district council elections.
Sinn Fein this week announced their candidates for two of Fermanagh’s electoral areas, Enniskillen and Erne East, and there’s a new face among them.
In the Enniskillen area, which stretches as far as Lisbellaw and Lisnarick, sitting councillors Debbie Coyle and Tommy Maguire have been chosen to run again in the election for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council next May.
In Erne East, which covers from Roslea up to Maguiresbridge taking in Donagh, Brookeborough, Newtownbutler and Roslea, there are also some familiar faces.
Sitting councillors Sheamus Greeme, from Brookeborough, Roslea man Brian McCaffrey, and Thomas O’Reilly, from Newtownbutler, have all been reselected to appear on the ballot.
This year Sinn Fein will be running a fourth candidate in the area, Noeleen Hayes. Originally from Birmingham, Ms Hayes has made her home in Fermanagh and describes herself as a “proud Sinn Fein member.”
Cllr McCaffrey said he was delighted the 42-year-old mum-of-two had been selected along with himself, Cllr Greene and Cllr O’Reilly.
“Noeleen is active in our community, including in the Maguiresbridge area where she resides, having been a board member of the Maguiresbridge Cross-Community Toddler Group and a committee member of the Maguiresbridge Community and Development Association,” he said.
“She is passionate about community engagement and brings her experience and commitment to this area.”
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Posted: 10:15 am November 25, 2018