Barney Fitzpatrick stated: “The people of Skerries want fairness following the electoral fraud of former DUP Councillor Dessie Stewart and they want value for money after the Ulster Unionists forced an unnecessary election two weeks before Christmas at the cost of up to £15,000.
“Local people were appalled by former DUP Councillor Dessie Stewart’s vote fraud and I believe they deserve a councillor who will act fairly and work hard for everyone. We do not get involved in tribalism and we fight sectarianism at every turn.
“In any sporting contest, if the winner is disqualified the runner-up get the prize. This did not happen as the Ulster Unionists blocked the fair option and forced a costly by-election which the public will have to pay for.
“The Alliance Team in Skerries has had an overwhelming response over the past few months. Many people who previously voted for other parties are voting Alliance this time because they want to see fairness delivered in this election.”