Sinn Féin European election candidate Matt Carthy has said that he intends to bring the voice of the people of Donegal to the heart of the European Parliament if he issuccessfully elected next May.
The Monaghan County Councillor who spent the day travelling around the county and meeting with various stakeholders in the community, before launching the party’s “Standing up for rural Ireland” document at a public meeting in Ballybofey said:
“For too long the MEPs that represent Donegal have failed its people. They have treated Donegal as a peripheral county in which they have little interest. Lack of investment in job creation, infrastructure and rural communities has forced thousands of young people to leave our shores in search of work.
“It is simply not good enough that Donegal, and the entire northwest of Ireland, is the only region on the island without rail or dual-carriageway access to Dublin. This has stifled foreign direct investment in the region and has exacerbated the economic crisis here.
“We need to stand up for rural communities and ensure that we get our fair share of investment.
“We need a representative that is willing to stand up to European bureaucrats and defendrural Ireland.
“For too long our MEPs have been Europe’s voice in Ireland and have attempted to sellthe austerity message of the troika to hard pressed families.
“I want to be Ireland’s voice in Europe and show that there is another way to do politics.I will make choices which stand up for ordinary people and help get our country back on its feet. For the next six months I am going to travel to every community in the fifteen counties of this constituency to raise support for our campaign to change the way that Ireland is represented in Brussels.”