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Independent Gary Donnelly to seek re-election to Derry City and Strabane District Council
25 Feb 2019
Independent Councillor Gary Donnelly has announced that he will stand for re-election at the upcoming local government elections in May. Cllr Donnelly (pictured) has represented people in the area as a member of Derry City and Strabane District Council since 2014 when he topped the poll in the Moor District Electoral Area (DEA). On May 2, he will face opposition in that DEA from Eamonn McCann of People Before Profit, Independent Nationalist Emmet Doyle, Sinn Féin’s Kevin Campbell, Patricia Logue, Sharon Duddy and Christina Burke, current mayor and member of the SDLP John Boyle and newcomer to the party Catherine Breslin. Other candidates could still be unveiled as nominations remain open until April 8. Outlining his reasons for standing, Cllr Donnelly (pictured) said: “Having had the privilege to represent the people of the Moor Ward since 2014 I have decided that I will go back to the electorate on May 2nd and seek an endorsement to continue my work as an elected representative for a further term. “Since being elected in 2014 and working within the community at a grass roots level it is clear that we have an uphill struggle facing the challenges within this ward. Huge levels of deprivation, unemployment, poverty, poor mental health, addictions, shortage of public housing, savage welfare cuts on the most vulnerable coupled with the lack of opportunities are crippling society. “Suicide and emigration particularly among our youth are symptoms of the lack of hope and stability. Political parties operate a Belfast-centric system that is far removed from the realities faced by our community.” He added: “We need to challenge the cosy relationship of these parties with the corrupt political system. Independent politics has shown in Derry and Strabane District Council that this can be challenged and it must be challenged to ensure fairness and transparency." Cllr Donnelly concluded: “We need strong Independent representation prepared to stand up for those without a voice and not be afraid to challenge those who are now part of the problem. In order to continue this work on May 2nd I will be asking the Moor electorate to extend my term within Council.”
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