Sinn Féin have launched their East Derry election campaign in Ballykelly at the weekend.
A large crowd were in attendance to hear the keynote address by new Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill.
Speaking at the event Mrs. O’Neill said “I have known and worked with our two candidates here for a number of years now and I can’t think of two better people to represent the constituents of East Derry.”
In reference to the most recent scandal surrounding the DUP she said “Things need to be put right, enough was enough, there is scandal after scandal. The actions of the DUP were not acceptable to us and now the public will have their say.”
She added “When we say we will not be returning to the status quo we mean it. When you vote Sinn Fein you vote for Leadership, Equality and Integrity and that’s what you get.”
Candidate Caoimhe Archibald said “For Sinn Féin equality, respect and integrity are not just words. It isn’t just a slogan, it’s in what we do, in how we treat each other and everyone else, it’s in our policies and its what our representatives do through whatever governing structures they are involved in.”
Cathal Ó hOisín said “It is a great privilege to contest this election for Sinn Féin. Being a Republican is a comradeship, a friendship and a family. This election is about respect, fairness and parity of esteem and returning two Sinn Féin MLAs for East Derry will put these at the centre of the institutions.”
In response to recent comments from other parties about investment in Ballykelly Mr. Ó hOisín said “I along with Michelle and our councillors worked hard to bring the DARD headquarters and hundreds of jobs to Ballykelly and despite what others say, Ballykelly is very much in the Northwest.”