A life long community activist she has been involved in Sinn Fein for around 5 years, holding various positions locally and at Cuige Level. Grace has been instrumental in the success of Queen’s University Sinn Fein over the years and has helped build a lasting and strong Ógra Shinn Féin Cumann in Castlederg. Grace will be hoping to build on the strong vote gained last year, and take the vote a step further and secure a seat.
Speaking at the selection conference Grace said,
“I feel honoured to be selected to represent the party within Queens Students Union. We are entering these elections to win, and using the great work carried out on campus by the Sheena Campbell Cumann as a foundation to our campaign I feel we are hitting the ground running. I have a great team around me, and I look forward to the coming weeks when we will canvassing doors in and around the Holylands. As with every Sinn Féin activist, if elected I will be working on a basis of equality, for all students.”
Within the Jordanstown Campus we will be running 2 candidates, Paul Short and Liam Duggan.
Liam Duggan, a second year student in Jordanstown, is currently studying Politics with Sociology. Liam is from Lavey in South Derry and has been strongly involved with Sinn Féin both locally for four years and with Sinn Féin in the colleges. Liam has a keen interest in active citizenship and also has a keen interest in the GAA and plays both Hurling and Football for his local club, Lavey GFC. Liam is also heavily involved with various cross community organisations and is Chairperson for one of these groups.
Liam was also appointed a leader for a delegation of ten young people from across the north that went to Sweden for two weeks on a youth leadership and cross community programme. The programme lasted 8 months in total.
"I feel both honoured and excited to be selected to represent the party along with my good friend and comrade Paul to contest the Student Union elections in Jordanstown. We will be entering these elections to win and to build on the vote won by Caolán Quinn last year. We have a strong Cumann and vibrant support structures around us and I am looking forward to campaigning and working to build a better students union for the students of Jordanstown and the Universtity of Ulster in general. If elected I will continue to work for equality and ensure that discriminatory practices are eradicated within the university and Sinn Féin is afforded the same respect as the other parties."
Paul has been involved with numerous charities and has held fundraisers for various causes including raising much needed money for a Cambodian orphanage which he visited whilst backpacking through South East Asia in July 2008.
Speaking at the selection conference Paul said,