Sinn Fein will run three candidates in Donegal

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Sinn Féin's National Executive has granted approval for a three candidate strategy in Donegal in the upcoming General Election.

The announcement means that a convention to select a third candidate can now take place, with Councillor Gary Doherty having earlier this week confirmed his intention to contest the vote.

Sitting Deputies Pearse Doherty and Padraig Mac Lochlainn have already been ratified as candidates, both have welcomed the Ard Chomhairle's decision to ratify a third candidate.

In a joint statement, they say getting a third TD would be a mammoth task, but the membership in Donegal is excited and energised as they now await party convention in the coming days.