Welcoming the dissolution of the Dáil and the announcement that the General Election will be held on May 24th Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said Sinn Fein was already “up and running and on course to return a greatly strengthened team of TDs with the aim of implementing our policies in Government”.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The long overdue dissolution of the Dáil is very welcome.
“Sinn Féin has been on an election footing for many months in all the constituencies and well before the start of the year our canvassers have been reporting very positive responses on the doorsteps. We are standing 41 candidates in 40 of the 43 constituencies and in every case we are fighting to win.
“During the coming weeks of the election campaign we will reap the rewards of years of hard work and commitment by our candidates and party activists. In doing so we are seeking endorsement from the people for our radical and relevant policies.
“Real change and equality for all the Irish people is Sinn Féin’s election focus.
“We are campaigning for premium public services in health, housing, education, transport and childcare to be available to all on the basis of need.
“We are campaigning for the peace process and the all-Ireland agenda to be advanced across Ireland with a new Government in Dublin linking up with a new Executive in Belfast for the benefit of all who share this island.
“We are campaigning against the bankrupt policies of the outgoing Fianna Fáil/PD Government which has failed abysmally over the past decade to use unprecedented economic prosperity to create a more equitable society. Instead they have widened the gap between the very wealthy and the rest. Their privatisation agenda is damaging public services, above all in our health system.
“We are standing on the record of our five TDs who have provided effective leadership and representation nationally and in their constituencies. They have presented the Sinn Féin alternative to the jaded and discredited policies of the Fianna Fáil/PD Coalition. They have exposed the contradictions within and between the so-called main opposition parties of Fine Gael and Labour – the Coalition of the Confused.
“Sinn Féin is offering voters a real choice in this General Election.
“We are presenting our vision of an Ireland of Equals.
“We are setting out our ideas for a prosperous country in which wealth is shared and where the promise of equal rights and equal opportunities is fulfilled for each and every person who lives on our island.
“We are affirming our republican commitment and presenting our strategy to achieve a United Ireland of Equals.” ENDS