Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd has wished Craigavon Deputy Mayor Catherine Seeley luck as she fights for a seat in the Seanad the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland.
Cllr Seeley, who hit the headlines earlier this year when she was forced to leave her job in a Belfast school after a sectarian campaign, was described by Mr O’Dowd as ‘an excellent candidate’.
“She is an effective Councillor and an excellent Deputy Mayor, and I am confident she can bring a unique perspective to the Seanad.
“She has shown remarkable leadership following the sectarian campaign waged against her and continues to promote a positive, and inclusive, voice for Craigavon. A young woman, an educationalist, and a republican from the 6 Counties standing for Sinn Féin in the Seanad shows exactly the type of continuing change required on this island, north and south.”
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane said: “The Seanad should be representative of the nation and not in the ownership of the government or in the gift of a Taoiseach.
“In a Seanad that is under-presentative of women, young people and missing a voice from the six counties, Catherine will bring her experiences and expertise to the decisions facing our whole nation at this time.”