The SDLP are set to field seven candidates in the forthcoming local elections for the new Antrim and Newtownabbey super council.
Among the party’s candidates is Roisin Lynch, who is representating the party in the Antrim district electoral area.
Roisin is a business graduate who has managed a successful local business with over 30 employees and in partnership with her husband, she has had her fingers in many pies in the local area.
A school governor, leader in Farranshane community trust, board member in Rehability, former chair and current committee member of St Comgall’s GAA club and a prominent in most events and activities in her local church.
She managed to raise a family of seven children in the midst of all that and now she says she wants to have a positive influence in the future of Antrim as it heads into amalgam with its numerically more powerful neighbour Newtownabbey.
“I don’t want to see Antrim swallowed-up in the new Super Council,” Roisin sid.
She added: “People are saying that we will have parity of esteem and I’m sure that is the good intention at this stage.
“The facts are that Antrim are on the wrong end of a 60/40 split and its representatives will need to be on their toes.
“Antrim has so much to be proud of already and also so much to protect and preserve. I’ve been in a lot areas of life already and my sortie into politics is not whimsical. I believe that there are issues and challenges ahead that only people who are ‘fit for purpose’ will be able to deliver on. My skill-set is wide and varied and may just be suited to this new and unknown environment.”