Sinn Féin breaking new ground
For the first time ever, Sinn Féin is to contest an election in the Newtownabbey Borough Council area.
Roisín McGurk, from the Glengormley area, has been selected by the party to stand in a by-election for the predominantly unionist council after the death of former Ulster Unionist mayor Edward Crilly.
This latest electoral bid follows the party's spectacular success in a recent by-election to Antrim Council, when Pauline Davey-Kennedy outpolled both the SDLP and UUP to take the seat vacated by the resignation of Sinn Féin's Henry Cushnahan.
As both Newtownabbey and Antrim are part of the South Antrim constituency, the latest electoral bid signals Sinn Féin intentions in the area where, according to party spokesperson Martin Meehan, ``Sinn Féin is becoming the main voice of nationalism''.