The new Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council must be a champion for all the people, Sinn Fein candidate Keith Haughian has said.
Mr Haughian stated that the council ‘must be a catalyst for change and must tackle community division and inequality’.
“The new council structures offer an opportunity for council to be a driver of change in our society whether that be social or economic,” he said.
“The council will have significant economic leverage – being a major employer in the area, as well as being a major customer for local businesses.
“Through the council’s economic strength, it must work to end social disadvantage and inequality in our society. Those areas of high deprivation must be invested in through infrastructure and jobs.”
Mr Haughian added: “On May 22, voters will have an opportunity to vote for a record number of republican candidates across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area.
“Sinn Fein will be using its mandate in the council to tackle inequality through economic stimulus for areas most in need.
“We will tackle sectarianism and its core causes and hope that others will work with us in this task.”