Former Orangeman to be latest Sinn Fein MLA

A former RUC reservist and Orangeman is to become Sinn Fein's latest member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Billy Leonard, a Coleraine councillor, will replace Francie Brolly who has announced his retirement.

Cllr Leonard, a former member of the SDLP, has been heavily involved in cross border projects in the North West, working closely with members of Donegal County Council and other bodies. In particular, he has been a vocal campaigner in support of the Lough Foyle ferry linking Greencastle and Magilligan.

He says he now has a new arena within which he can pursue that interest.