Molloy to contest Mid-Ulster when McGuinness steps down

Francie Molloy Francie Molloy will contest Mid-Ulster for Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy will contest the Mid-Ulster Westminster by-election when Martin McGuinness steps aside.

The veteran republican was selected at a party meeting in Gulladuff on Wednesday.

Sinn Fein is ending the practice of double jobbing and Mr McGuinness will be focusing on his duties as deputy first minister.

Mr Molloy, 62, was the director of elections for the Maze hunger striker Bobby Sands.

He is the current deputy speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mr McGuinness was elected MP for Mid-Ulster in 1997, but he has never taken his seat in Westminster.

The party has an abstentionist policy, with all of its MPs refusing to attend Parliament.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Northern Ireland stories



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.