Gildernew row latest: Sinn Fein may overturn deselection

PACEMAKER BELFAST  08/05/2015'Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew taste's defeat to the UUP candidate for fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott during  this evenings results in the 2015 general Election results from the Omagh Leisure Centre. Photo Mark marlow/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/05/2015'Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew taste's defeat to the UUP candidate for fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott during this evenings results in the 2015 general Election results from the Omagh Leisure Centre. Photo Mark marlow/Pacemaker Press

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Political commentators have speculated that Sinn Fein might over-turn the decision of the Fermanagh/South Tyrone convention last Sunday to deselect former MP, Michelle Gildernew.

The party’s ard chomhairle is due to meet on Saturday February 13 to ratify the result of Sunday’s Fermanagh-South Tyrone selection convention but party sources have indicated that the outcome is far from a formality.

The convention was re-run after an anomaly appeared between the number of delegates present and the number of votes cast.

But one senior Sinn Féin source has told The Irish News that the party’s ard chomhairle is unlikely to ratify the Fermanagh-South Tyrone result.

“I can’t see them okaying this given how unpopular the outcome is proving,” the source said.

“Returning three MLAs in this constituency is already a challenge but with three Fermanagh men running and no Michelle it’ll be almost impossible.”

This one could run and run.