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General Election 2017

Environmental activist to stand for Green Party in West Tyrone

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Ciaran McClean.

A SIXMILECROSS man has said opposition to the goldmine in the Owenkillew Valley will be among his main campaigning points when he stands for the Green Party in next year’s Westminster elections.

Ciaran McClean, who has previously stood without success in Assembly and local government polls, announced his intention to stand at the weekend.

He has described the fight against the plans by Canadian company, Dalradian, as a “David against Goliath” struggle and urged local people to vote for him.

“The Green Party, Friends of the Earth and other community activists have been to the forefront in campaigning to preserve the Sperrin Mountains Special Area of Conservation from unfettered industrialisation,” he said.

“Our campaigning efforts though are dwarfed by the well-resourced opponents on a number of fronts.

“Environmental justice is social justice and environmental rights are human rights. If you are interested in all of these issues then you should join our ‘wee green surge.’ The Green Party needs the membership of people who are interested in social and environmental justice to provide real democracy in our political system.”

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