Following news of mass resignations by Sinn Féin activists in the wake of the NAMA coaching scandal, North Antrim representative Connor Duncan said:
“What is now clear is that if you live in North Antrim and you’re passionate about building a prosperous, reconciled and unified Ireland then the only party which recognises and encourages young talent is the SDLP. The recent decision by Sinn Fein bosses to overlook a number of young and female candidates in favour of the old guard shows that the jobs-for-the-boys mentality is as strong as ever. Given how this decision was taken it can come as no surprise that a wave of resignations has rocked the party.
“Today’s news is hardly surprising given the way that senior Sinn Féin leadership figures treated Daithí McKay. Few if any believe the party line that Daithí acted alone and that the party had no central control over its representatives’ actions.
“My message to all those who are committed to democratically working for a new and united Ireland, and who want to see the new ideas supported and promoted, is that your home is in the SDLP. We are a party looking to the future and investing in a new generation to take politics forward. The contribution of all those who want to enhance our communities in North Antrim is welcome and will be appreciated here.”