Northern Ireland

Tyrone man Martin Kelly reelected as RSF vice-president

Republican Sinn Féin president Seosamh Ó Maoileoin
Republican Sinn Féin president Seosamh Ó Maoileoin Republican Sinn Féin president Seosamh Ó Maoileoin

A Co Tyrone man arrested in connection with a hijacking in Omagh earlier this year has been re-elected as the vice-president of Republican Sinn Féin (RSF).

Martin Kelly was one of several men questioned after three masked men hijacked a car at gunpoint near St Mary's Church in Drumragh, which is outside Omagh, in May.

A suspicious object was placed in the silver Volkswagen Golf and the driver was told to take the vehicle to Omagh PSNI station where it was abandoned.

Following forensic examination, the object was later confirmed to be an "elaborate hoax".

In September Mr Kelly was arrested and questioned over three days about the incident before being released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

A 29-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident.

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Mr Kelly was re-selected as RSF vice president during the party’s Ard Fheis at the weekend, which was attended by delegates from across Ireland.

During his address, party president Seosamh Ó Maoileoin condemned the arrest of party members in Tyrone.

He also spoke about the party’s Éire Nua policy, suggesting more needs to be done to promote it.

“We need to highlight our Éire Nua and Saol Nua policies more,” he said.

“These must be seen as being viable.

“More must be done than to discuss our policies. One example is the Éire Nua food initiative, spearheaded by Diarmuid Mac Dubhghlais in Dublin.

“This is proving a great advantage to the poor, the elderly and the homeless in that city. It is our aim to expand this initiative to other areas, where food and clothing can be distributed to the needy.”