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Date set for public debate with election candidates

A DATE and location have been set for a cross-party public debate ahead of next month’s local government elections.

‘Strabane Decides’ in conjunction with the Strabane Chronicle, will take place at St Patrick’s Hall next Tuesday (April 23) from 7pm.

First mooted by independent councillor Paul Gallagher earlier this month, the event will see independents or single representatives from each party provide an opening statement before fielding questions.

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So far, Sinn Féin and the SDLP have confirmed that both parties will put forward candidates for the debate and Scott Moore has indicated he will represent the Alliance Party. Independents, Corey French and Paul Gallagher have also committed, however a final tally of candidates has yet to be completed.

Outlining his hope that all independents will attend and that all parties would be represented, Cllr Paul Gallagher says the debate will provide an ideal opportunity for locals to ask questions of the candidates about the issues that matter most to them.

The debate will be independently chaired.

Commenting on his hopes for the debate, this week independent candidate Corey French confirmed his willingness to take part.

“Any opportunity to engage with the public has to be welcomed,” he said. “I am certainly interested in being able to put across my own views on a number of issues.”

Cllr Gallagher added, “This is an opportunity for each of the candidates to open up to the public and give their views on the matters that mean most to locals.

“Not only will this be an opportunity for candidates, but it will also be an opportunity for locals who should be able to pose questions on a broad range of subjects.”

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