Daughter of former Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty to contest Donegal council election
A daughter of former West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has been confirmed as a Sinn Féin candidate in this year's Donegal County Council elections.
Maria Doherty was ratified as a candidate for the Milford electoral area at a selection convention in Downings on Sunday night.
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald attended the convention.
Ms Doherty has acted as as director of elections for Ms McDonald on a number of occasions and the party president told the convention she was a close personal friend.
She said Ms Doherty had been living in Dublin for many years but returned home to Donegal last year.
Ms Doherty's selection follows a similar move by the SDLP north of the border last month.
The party's Derry members selected barrister Mary Durkan, a niece of former SDLP leader Mark Durkan, to stand in May's local government elections to Derry City and Strabane District Council.