Sinn Fein has selected Megan Fearon’s replacement as MLA for Newry and Armagh.
Liz Kimmins was chosen by party activists during a convention meeting in Tí Chulainn centre in Mullaghbawn.
A councillor on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, she new MLA said she was “honoured” at her selection.
And she paid tribute to her predecessor for her “years of hard work and dedication as a representative in our constituency”.
Looking to the tasks ahead, Councillor Kimmins said: “This is a crucial time in politics on the island of Ireland, and our border constituency needs strong and committed representation to defend Newry and Armagh from the worst impacts of Brexit and five more years of Tory rule.
“Building on my work as a councillor in Newry, Mourne and Down over many years, I hope to provide precisely this representation.
“I will continue to ensure rural areas receive the community policing they deserve, and Newry continues to develop through investment in world-class facilities.
“Newry and Armagh must be also be providing leadership on the broader issues facing our island and young people, not least of which is climate breakdown, inequality and continued attacks on our public services from Westminster.
“I am eager to build upon Sinn Féin’s proud record of delivery in Newry and Armagh, and in working closely with our dynamic team of public representatives in the area.”