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Independent Irish Republicans Standing in all 6 Counties

Election Coverage

Sean Mc Aughey • 19 April 2005

While the primary focus for most political commentators remains on what is regarded by some, as the mother of all elections for the hearts and minds of both nationalists and unionists on May 5th. The significance of a “alternative choice” emerging within the republican constituencies in all six counties in the north should not be overlooked.

At the closure of nominations for the council elections on the 12th April, a first was recorded when several Independent Irish Republicans including former Sinn Fein candidates, councillors and a former H-Block Blanket man and hunger striker were among the candidates poised to seek a mandate from those constituencies considered as a Sinn Fein pool.

Among the independent Irish Republicans lining up for the local council elections on May 5th are former Blanket-man and hunger striker John Nixon standing in Armagh City, and former Sinn Fein councillor, Martin Cunningham fighting to retain his seat in the Newry and Mourne borough.

The other Republicans are former Sinn Fein candidate Aine Gribbon, a 39 year old mother of nine children running in Antrim Town, and 35 year old mother of two Trish Murray. Last year, both women were part of a mass Sinn Fein resignation in the town, when an entire branch resigned. The other independent republican hopefuls include Gary Donnelly, Derry, Paul Gallagher, Strabane, Kevin Barry Nolan in Fermanagh and Bertie Shaw standing in Larne.































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Index: Current Articles

19 April 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

Another Historic Statement, Again
Anthony McIntyre

Two Heads Better Than One?
Brian Mór

Hope for A Democractic Avenue, Not a Dead End Street
Mick Hall

Irish American Support
Niall Fennessy

Street Fighting Man
Fred A Wilcox

Revolutionaries Have Set Up Dictatorship
Margaret Quinn

The Murder of Robert McCartney
Conor Horan

The Missing Ingredient
Ruairi O’Driscoll

Re-orienting perspectives: Bob Quinn's The Atlantean Irish
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Politics of Peace at an Impasse
David Adams

* Election Coverage *

Independent Irish Republicans Standing in All 6 Counties
Sean Mc Aughey

John Coulter

Gary Donnelly, Cityside Ward, Derry City Council

Aine Gribbon, Antrim Town Council

Patricia (Trish) Murray, Antrim Town Council

The Letters page has been updated.

6 April 2005

Criminality and Public Relations
Eamon Sweeney

Truth Better than Spin
Mick Hall

The Central Issue is Justice
Catherine McCartney

Not Out of Nationalist Woods Yet
David Adams

South Down Election Play
John Coulter

Are We on the Verge of a New Political Ice Age?
Anthony McIntyre



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