“I am very proud and humbled that the local cumainn have endorsed me for co-option to represent Sinn Féin on Derry City and Strabane District Council.
“As a long time activist I know the challenges that lie ahead in being an elected representative but I am up the challenge.
“I want to thank Colly for the great work he did locally and for the many years of work he has put in as a Sinn Féin councillor in this area.
"Momentum has been building behind Sinn Féin's platform of equality, rights and Irish unity and I will do all in my power to advance that programme.
“I look forward to representing the people of the Moor Ward over the coming weeks and months.”
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