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Burke to run in Dublin Central

10 May, 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald MEP has this afternoon announced Cllr. Christy Burke as the party’s candidate in the forthcoming Dublin Central by-election. Ms McDonald and Cllr. Burke were joined by Sinn Féin Dublin South candidate Shaun Tracey for today’s announcement.

Ms McDonald said:

“I am delighted to announce that long serving Councillor Christy Burke will be Sinn Féin’s candidate in the forthcoming Dublin Central by-election.

“Christy Burke was first elected to the City Council in 1985 and has since served the interests of the people of the North Inner City, working on many committees, projects and forums to protect and deliver for the city. Christy leads the Sinn Féin’s Dublin City Council team of Councillors.

“Dublin Sinn Féin has a big challenge ahead contesting local, European and two by-elections on June 5th. Our message to the electorate over the coming weeks will be a straightforward one. If want change, vote for change.

“Sinn Féin is different to other political parties. We stand up for the interests of ordinary people, not vested interests. We deliver for communities across Ireland. We were the only party on the side of the people in the Lisbon Treaty.  Our TDs, Senator and MEPs only take home the average industrial wage, the rest of their money goes into their constituencies. This is a principal we are proud of and it means we as a party and as individuals actually understand the challenges facing the communities we represent.

“Sinn Féin was the first party to produce a comprehensive Job Retention and Creation Strategy to tackle Ireland’s soaring unemployment which has left 200,000 workers jobless since this government took the helm in 2007. This strategy included key measures such as a 300million job retention fund to subsidise workers in viable SMEs struggling through the current financial crisis. Sinn Féin’s public finance package submitted to government in advance of the emergency called for a wealth tax, reform of the taxation system, abolishing once and for all tax exile, shelters and loopholes. We called for the National Pension Reserve Fund to be invested into desperately needed infrastructure such as a national school building programme.

“Sinn Fein also called for the establishment of Eolas Glas Éireann a new national green technology body for research, promotion and funding of green energy and environmental technologies. Sustainable Energy Ireland would be the key element of this new body and would provide leadership in the sector, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Unit, as well as forming partnerships with the Irish Wind Energy Association, the ESB, Eirgrid and others, to formulate and implement an all-Ireland strategy on green technology use.

“Dublin needs new leadership. This city just cannot afford to keep Fianna Fáil on.” ENDS

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