West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Trillick Piper selected by Sinn Féin

Published: 26 January, 2014

Stephen McCann endorsed by Petey Kelly's daughter Clodagh

Stephen McCann endorsed by Petey Kelly's daughter Clodagh

Sinn Féin has unveiled a new candidate to run in the West Tyrone DEA. 32 year old Stephen McCann, a sales agent for Liberty Insurance, was selected on Friday night (24th January) as the new candidate in West Tyrone. He replaces Sinn Féin stalwart Petey Kelly who will continue on in his current role as Councillor but will not contest the upcoming election due to ill health. Mr McCann is from Trillick where he lives with his Wexford born wife Agnes and three young children, Erin (7), Niall (4) and Ódhran who celebrated his first birthday in December. A member of Sinn Féin since 1997, Stephen has assumed many roles which will put him in good stead for his current challenge. He is the current chairperson of the Dromore and Trillick Sinn Féin Cumann named in memory of Patsy Kelly and has also previously held the position of Chairperson of Sinn Féin for the wider Omagh District. Outside of politics Stephen is a keen piper and traditional music enthusiast, which he vents through his participation and performances at Fleadh's across Ireland and as organiser and member of the Saint Patrick's Pipe Band, Coa. Speaking on his selection, Mr McCann said, "I'm honoured to be selected to represent Sinn Féin in West Tyrone, and I'm humbled to be given the opportunity to build on the hard work and solid foundation laid by my good friend and mentor Petey Kelly. Our thoughts are with Petey at this time who has decided to step aside from running due to ill health, but I am heartened that he will continue on in his current role as Councillor continuing to play a key role in both the Council and the upcoming election." "I'm relishing the opportunity to get working with Petey and my colleagues in the Council and Assembly to get to grips with and stuck into issues that they have been spearheading; including job creation for rural West Tyrone to combat the devastating impact of emigration, on roads maintenance, and given the rural-ness of the area, rural planning and issues that affect farmers and rural communities." Councillor Petey Kelly said, "I fully endorse Stephen as the new candidate, and I will work alongside him, assisting in his election campaign and working with him to deliver for the people of West Tyrone. I have known and worked alongside Stephen for the past 17 years and I am confident that he will continue to build on the hard work and legacy that I and previous Trillick Councillors like my late brother Patsy have laid. Good luck in the election."