Sinn Féin’s vice president Michelle O’Neill faces challenge from John O’Dowd

John O’Dowd is a former education minister

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd is to challenge Michelle O’Neill’s position as vice president of the party.

In a tweet on Saturday, he confirmed he would be seeking nominations ahead of the party’s annual election for leadership roles.

This will take place in November at the party’s ard fheis (annual conference).

Mrs O’Neill confirmed she would be seeking re-election and said she welcomed “democratic debate and choice”.

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She added that the party is “fully focused on the threat of Brexit” and she is “fully committed to this work”.

Michelle O’Neill was given her first leadership position by the party in 2017

Mr O’Dowd is a former Stormont education minister and the party’s Upper Bann MLA.

Mrs O’Neill was given her first leadership position by the party in 2017 when she took over from Martin McGuinness who stepped down due to illness .

She was announced as Sinn Féin’s new “leader in the north” on 23 January that year, two months before the death of Mr McGuinness.

The following year, she was the only candidate nominated to replace Mary Lou McDonald as vice-president of Sinn Féin .

Mrs McDonald was elected as party president, replacing Gerry Adams who stepped down after 35 years.

Michelle O’Neill took over from a terminally ill Martin McGuinness in January 2017 Image copyright PACEMAKER

Mr O’Dowd briefly filled in as deputy first minister in 2011, when Mr McGuinness ran as a candidate in the Irish presidential elections.

If he wins the nomination he would take the position of deputy first minister in a future Stormont executive.

John O’ Dowd

I can confirm I will be seeking nominations for Leas Uachtarán of Sinn Féin as we approach the Ard Fheis and the annual election of party leadership. I look forward to the debate across the party and island.

9:20 AM – Aug 31, 2019
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With many thanks to: BBC NI News and Jayne McCormack for the original story 

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