Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein select Francie Molloy replacement

Sinn Fein has selected former prisoner Ian Patrick Milne to replace Francie Molloy in the Northern Ireland assembly following the Mid-Ulster by-election.

After Mr Molloy became MP, Sinn Fein has decided to co-opt councillor Milne.

He was selected at a party convention but a Sinn Fein spokesman said the decision has to be ratified by Ard Chomhairle (the party executive).

Mr Milne, from Bellaghy, is a former chairman of Magherafelt district council.

He was released from prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, having received a life sentence for the murder of an Ulster Defence Regiment soldier.

He served 14 years before his release.

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