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Barry McElduff selected as Sinn Féin council candidate

Barry McElduff tweeted a picture of himself with fellow Sinn Féin Fermanagh and Omagh District council candidates on Thursday night
Paul Ainsworth

FORMER West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff has been nominated by Sinn Féin to stand in next year’s council elections.

Mr McElduff announced his intended return to politics in a tweet on Thursday night which accompanied a picture of himself with Fermanagh and Omagh District Sinn Féin councillors Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Martin McColgan.

He wrote: “Proud to be selected alongside Marty and Anne Marie tonight to go forward in Omagh Town for Sinn Féin in Council Elections 2019.”

The former MP was forced to quit after posting a controversial video to social media on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre on January 5. The 1976 IRA atrocity saw 11 Protestant workers shot dead close to the village of Kingsmill in south Armagh.

In the video, Mr McElduff balanced a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head while talking to the camera. The video caused outrage and prompted Sinn Féin to suspend him from party duties for three months. Shortly afterwards Mr McElduff announced he was stepping down as MP. In May a by-election was held and Sinn Féin’s Órfhlaith Begley was elected.

At the time of the controversy, Mr McElduff denied he had intended to cause offence and apologised for the “deep and unnecessary hurt” caused by the video.

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