Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

McNulty front-runner for SDLP’s Newry/ Armagh candidacy

Mullaghbawn man Justin McNulty is widely tipped to be chosen as the SDLP’s Westminster candidate for the Newry and Armagh constituency at the party’s selection convention this Thursday.

Confirming that the former Armagh All-Ireland winner has submitted nomination papers, Assembly Member Dominic Bradley pledged his “full support” to the rookie politician.

If selected, the contest is likely to be a significant battle for McNulty’s political baptism as he attempts win the seat held by Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy since 2005.

The SDLP’s former deputy leader, Seamus Mallon, had held the seat for almost 20 years until his successor, Dominic Bradley, lost out to Murphy.

Mr McNulty (39) would go head-to-head with current Sinn Fein MLA, Mickey Brady, who is seeking to retain the seat his party last won with an 8,000+ majority.

Expressing his confidence in Mr McNulty, Dominic Bradley described him as “a proven winner” adding that he will “stop at nothing to win this seat for the SDLP”.

It is not known how many prospective candidates are to be considered at the selection convention, scheduled to be held in the Armagh City Hotel at 8.00pm on Thursday.