Sorcha McAnespy secures place on Fianna Fáil ruling executive

Committee of 15 member Sorcha McAnespy with Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin

Former Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has secured a place on Fianna Fáil's national executive.

At Fianna Fáil's weekend ard fheis in Dublin, the Omagh councillor out-polled former SDLP Belfast mayor Pat McCarthy to become the northern representative on the party's so-called committee of 15, a group within 90-member ard comhairle.

Ms McAnespy (37), who remains an independent representative, told The Irish News last month that she hoped to run on a Fianna Fáil ticket in the next local government election in 2019.

Her bid would be in keeping with Micheál Martin's pledge to run candidates from the Republic's most successful party in council elections north of the border.

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