Gildernew’s MLA successor leaves Dungannon Council ‘with a heavy heart’

Cllr Bronwyn McGahan INTT1311-184JS
Cllr Bronwyn McGahan INTT1311-184JS

SINN Fein have confirmed that Dungannon Councillor Bronwyn McGahan has officially been selected to replace Michelle Gildernew as MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

She was selected by party members on Wednesday after Ms. Gildernew stood down from the Stormont Assembly to focus on her Westminster duties.

Councillor McGahan said she was honoured to have been chosen by the party and is looking forward to joining the Sinn Fein team at the Assembly.

“I will be leaving Dungannon Council with a heavy heart as I enjoyed my team there and learnt a lot from the people of Dungannon”, she said.

“There is a lot of potential for regeneration in Dungannon and I hope to continue the work I did in the council when I take my seat at the Assembly. I will be seeking a joint up approach between the councillors and local MLAs when it comes to working for the people of the area.

“Sinn Féin is determined to continue giving accountable and top rate representation and service to our constituents and I am focussed on continuing the good work already done by Michelle Gildernew who I will be working with closely in her role as MP.”

Former Prisoner

Bronwyn McGahan is a former republican prisoner and was elected to Dungannon Council in May 2011. During her time in the council Bronwyn was a member of the Dungannon Enterprise Centre & Regeneration Partnership.

The Tyrone republican has a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and a Masters in Computing & Information System and has lectured in IT. Bronwyn has a daughter, 15-year-old Meadhbh.

Bronwyn has been an active republican all her adult life and said she is keen to take up the challenge of representing the people of Fermanagh & South Tyrone in the Assembly.

Last night the former Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA tweeted a message of support to her Stormont replacement.

“Comhghairdeas Bronwyn McGahan the new MLA for Fermanagh South Tyrone, adh mor agus maith thu. Good luck”

Sinn Féin now have 10 female representatives in the Assembly, three of whom are Ministers.