Sinn Féin members have selected Paul Donnelly to be their candidate in the upcoming Dublin West by-election now widely anticipated to be held on the same day as the local and European elections. Mr Donnelly was selected at a candidate convention held in Blanchardstown earlier this evening.
Commenting on his selection Mr Donnelly said:
"There is a real appetite for change across Dublin West. People are very disillusioned with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party and they are looking for an alternative.
"We have been carrying out our own polls in this constituency over the last number of weeks. Our figures, like those published in weekend newspapers, make it clear that Sinn Féin is the leading party on the left. Our figures also tell us that we are ahead of both the Labour Party and the Socialist Party. To that end, we will vigorously contest this by-election to win.
"These elections will be a referendum on austerity. Voters will have a clear choice between me as the Sinn Féin candidate and those candidates in parties who support policies of austerity.
"On May 23rd don’t vote for parties that have failed in the past. Vote for a party that is offering a clear, credible and radical alternative. The Sinn Féin Dáil team are delivering for ordinary people in Leinster House. I am asking the voters of Dublin West to strengthen our team even further by electing me to serve as their TD. I'm asking them to vote Sinn Féin."
Paul Donnelly is married with four children and has lived in Clonsilla for over 18 years. He is one of the hardest working public representatives in the Dublin West Constituency. He currently works with a School Completion Project and Youthreach Centre, Kilmore. He is very committed to ensuring that every child has access to the best education possible irrespective of where they are from.
Paul is actively involved in many community organisations and this is reflected in the senior positions he holds.
- Safer Blanchardstown Forum; Community representative;
- Blanchardstown Local Drug Task Force: Community representative;
- Fingal Housing Forum: Community representative;
- ADAPT Drug and Alcohol Support Team Board Member, covering the Hartstown/Huntstown/Mountview and Blakestown area;
- Mountview Environmental group; Chairperson, 2011/13;
- Defend Connolly Hospital campaign steering group member;
- St. Peregrine’s GAA hurling and football team mentor.
Paul is also a founder member of the Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force and Mountview/Blakestown Neighbourhood Youth Project.
He has been involved in many of these campaigns over the past 18 years, long after each election was over. Paul has shown a deep commitment to every aspect of his community.