Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, along with Minister Michelle O Neill MLA and Francie Molloy, this morning launched Francie’s manifesto for the Mid Ulster by-election.
Speaking in Belfast Gerry Adams said:
“Francie Molloy is a life-long Republican whose involvement in politics stems from the Civil Rights Movement, through the worst of the conflict, as a leader in the peace process and the political institutions, and now into the process of reconciliation and uniting Ireland.
"Francie was one of those who participated in the Caledon squat in 1967 – our Rosa Parks moment – which helped inject significant momentum into the civil rights campaign.
"As a Councillor and MLA Francie has worked hard for the people of Mid Ulster; to create employment, oppose austerity and defend the rights of citizens.
"In almost 45 years of political activism Francie Molloy has been a community and political leader. He has taken significant personal and political risks and is wholly committed to the ensuring a better future for the people of Mid Ulster.
"Martin McGuinness was a first class representative for Mid Ulster and Francie Molloy will make an excellent successor.
"As MP for Mid Ulster he will be part of a strong Sinn Féin experienced team of elected representatives across this island in local government, in the Dáil and Seanad, in the Assembly and in Europe, and at Westminster, who will advocate on behalf of the people of Mid Ulster.
"Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party. We are a United Ireland party. Sinn Féin believes in equality and sovereignty, independence and freedom. We have a proven record of delivering for citizens. We also have a positive agenda for change and for the future.
"Today Irish Republicanism on this island has never been so strong, so organised and so capable of achieving its objectives. On March 7th the people of Mid Ulster have the opportunity to enhance that strength.” CRÍOCH/END