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Independents' Day

GP wins seat in assembly

Dr Kieran Deeny will take his seat in the next Northern Ireland assembly after topping the poll in his West Tyrone constituency.

Dr Deeny, a GP in Carrickmore, campaigned on the single issue of retaining acute hospital services in the county. He said the size of his vote had 'shocked the whole of Northern Ireland' because his manifesto meant he had received votes from across the local population regardless of religion or political affiliation.

'Whether the assembly is set up or not, the minister needs to hear what's going on from someone who works at the coal-face,' Dr Deeny said. 'Their proposals are wrong and haven't been properly researched.'

He added he would only speak on health issues and will remain as a GP, though will seek to drop out-of-hours shifts.

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