Sinn Féin in Munster held a major meeting in Mallow, Co.Cork today in which the party's local candidates from across the province discussed priorities and challenges presented ahead of next May's election.
The meeting, held at the Mallow GAA complex, was also attended by grassroots members and Sinn Féin's EU candidate for the constituency of Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada.
Speaking following the meeting, Ní Riada said:
"There is no doubt Sinn Féin recognises that these elections are extremely important as to determining the future direction of politics on this island.
"Worn down by cuts and austerity, more and more people are turning to Sinn Féin as they realise that the party's analysis across a remit of socio-economic issues has proven to be accurate.
"Ordinary families now see Sinn Féin as the only political force that is really standing up for them and representing their interests. I believe that this reality will be reflected in the elections come May.
"The meeting here in Mallow, attended by Sinn Féin candidates from every county in Munster, showed the enthusiasm and appetite within the party to seize the opportunity that is presented by an electorate that is hungry for an alternative to the broken politics of the establishment parties.
"Today, we had forty candidates and their teams discussing ideas and articulating ways of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.
“The message is that Sinn Féin stands shoulder to shoulder with ordinary families as they struggle with the austerity policies designed by Fianna Fáil and implemented by Fine Gael and Labour.
“Sinn Féin is different. This party will never abandon working people or the most vulnerable in our society. The electorate can help place that ethos at the heart of the decision making process across Ireland and out in Brussels by electing Sinn Féin candidates in May.”