Sinn Féin chose its candidate for the Dublin constituency for next year’s EU elections at a convention in the city centre today.
There were two candidates for nomination: Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain from Tallaght and Ryan Fitzgerald from the inner city, with Ní Bhaoigheallain coming out ahead.
Speaking after the selection, Gerry Adams TD, referred to the proud tradition of struggle in the city and the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. He spoke of the vision of those Dubliners.
“It was one of freedom, justice and equality for all. It was a vision of a fairer Ireland. And Sinn Féin’s message of fairness and equality is finding ever-greater resonance among citizens who are weary at the inability of the establishment parties — Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour, to rise to the challenges that now face our country.
With regard to the Seanad referendum on Friday he said:
“The current Seanad represents a blatant inequality at the heart of our political system. It runs against the core principal of ‘one person, one vote’.”
He welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Convention today in favour of votes for Irish citizens in the North and abroad in presidential elections. He said:
“As Martin McGuinness said during today’s deliberations, Sinn Féin isn’t just looking for votes for republicans or nationalists in the north. Unionists also deserve the opportunity, if they wish to exercise it, to elect the President.”
Féin will stand four EU candidates. Sitting MEP, Martina Anderson
will contest in the North, while Carrickmacross councillor, Matt
Carthy will stand in the North West and North Leinster
Liadh NíRiada will contest the South constituency and today’s convention chose Lynn Ní Bhaoigheallain for Dublin.