Philip McGuigan has been selected for co-option as an MLA for North Antrim.
He will replace Daithi McKay who resigned over the ‘Brysongate’ twitter controversy.
The Sinn Féin chief whip Carál Ní Chuilín said; “Following consultation with Sinn Féin activists in North Antrim, the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle has approved the selection of Philip McGuigan for co-option as the new MLA for the constituency.
“Philip is an excellent public representative and has served as a councillor in the area since 2001 and was an MLA for North Antrim from 2003 to 2007.
“I have no doubt that with Philip’s return to the Assembly will continue to provide first class representation to the people of North Antrim.
“I wish him well and look forward to working alongside him in the Assembly.”