Sinn Féin select European North West Candidate
Sinn Féin’s Lisbon Treaty Campaign Director Cllr. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has this evening been selected as the party’s North West candidate for next years European Elections.
This evening’s event held in Sligo with 500 party members and supporters in attendance and addressed by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MLA and National Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP marks the party’s final European convention.
Sinn Féin’s 2009 European election candidate’s are:
Dublin: Mary lou McDonald MEP
East: Cllr Tomás Sharkey; Kathleen Funchion
South: Cllr Toireasa Ferris
North West: Cllr Padraig MacLochlainn
North: Bairbre de Brún MEP
Speaking at the event Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams described Cllr. Mac Lochlainn as “an exceptional candidate who has served the people of Donegal and Sinn Féin with commitment and energy. I am confident that with Padraig’s record of exemplary work, and a good organisational campaign by Sinn Fein, that we can look forward to a successful European election campaign across the island.”
Cllr. Mac Lochlainns Biography
Cllr. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has been the Sinn Féin candidate for Donegal North East in Dáil elections on two occasions. In 2002, he received 10% (3611 votes) and in the 2007 general election, he received 17.5% (6733 votes), just missing out on a Dáil seat.
In the 2004 local elections, he topped the poll in the Inishowen Electoral Area of Donegal County Council and he was also elected to Buncrana Town Council. Pádraig had been co-opted on to Buncrana Town Council in January 2002 to replace Jim Ferry who had retired. He served as Mayor of Buncrana from June 2005 to June 2006.
He was the National Director of Sinn Féin's successful campaign against the Lisbon Treaty in 2008.
He has served on the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle (National Executive) and continues to represent the party at national and international level on a regular basis.
He was appointed to the board of InterTradeIreland, the Trade and Business Development Body in December 2007. InterTradeIreland is one of six All Ireland bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement.
Incensed by the high levels of unemployment in his native county, he acted as the Donegal spokesperson for the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) from 1997 to 2001. He also served on the INOU National Executive from 1997 until 2000 as well as representing the organisation on the National Rural Development Forum.
At local level, he was a community director on the Inishowen Partnership Board for 5 years from 1996 to 2001.
His work as a community activist and political representative has led him to speak at conferences across Europe on the issues of unemployment, regional neglect and rural poverty.