[Sinn Fein]

13 April 2000

Sinn Fein wins `stunning' by-election victory in Omagh, County Tyrone

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP has congratulated Barry McElduff on winning today's Omagh District Council by-election.

Mr Adams said:

``Today's stunning by-election victory in West Tyrone is another sign of the growing political strength of Sinn Fein across the island. In recent weeks we have fought and won two by-elections, each time showing massive rises in Sinn Fein support. This time we have more than doubled the Sinn Fein vote.

``I wish to congratulate Barry and the Sinn Fein team in West Tyrone and thank the electors for once again backing the party in massive numbers. This is a further endorsement of the Sinn Fein position and strategy.''

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