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Dublin Sinn Féin councillors and candidates gather for meeting with new Vice President

14 March, 2009

Sitting Sinn Féin councillors and local election candidates from across Dublin will gather on Sunday morning (15th March) for a meeting with newly elected Sinn Féin Vice President and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and newly elected Party Chairperson, Declan Kearney.

The meeting will focus on the upcoming elections in June and current political developments across the island with a particular emphasis on the economy and the unemployment crisis facing the country. The meeting will take place in Sinn Féin’s Head Office at 44 Parnell Square at 11.30am.  Before it begins Mary Lou McDonald and number of Councillors will be available to talk to the media. The meeting will be followed by a group photo opportunity at the Garden of Remembrance at 12.30pm.

Speaking in advance of the meeting Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhalaigh, from Dublin South Central said, “Tomorrow will be the first opportunity Councilllors and prospective councillors from across the Capital will meet as a group with the Party’s new Vice President, Dublin MEP, Mary Lou McDonald.  It will provide us with an opportunity to discuss the upcoming elections and strategies for maximizing the republican vote in the City and County.

“Extraordinary events have happened over the last number of months on the political scene – the economic crisis has brought a new and challenging dynamic to political discourse.  I believe many people, now more than ever, are receptive to the ideas of equality and justice that Sinn Féin has been promoting for years.  There is a realization there that the economy should be there to serve all the people not a small number of greedy bankers and corrupt politicians.

“Tomorrow’s meeting will provide the opportunity for those of us on the frontline to bring our experiences on the ground to the strategic thinking of the party as it prepares for elections.  The upcoming elections, local as well as EU, provide an opportunity for the people to say – enough is enough – we want a real and radical alternative – not the tweedle dum and tweedle dee politics of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael that have brought us to where we are now.”

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