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Sinn Féin nominate Cllr Peadar Tóibín to contest General Election in Meath West

28 May, 2010

On Thursday last in a packed function room in the Ardboyne Hotel delegates from across Meath came together to select a candidate to contest the next General Election for Sinn Féin. They unanimously chose Cllr Peadar Tóibín.

Cllr Joe Reilly who has been the party's candidate for the last 5 elections nominated Cllr Tóibín. In doing so he said, “Cllr Tóibín has been a republican activist for over 10 years. During that time he as been instrumental in the organisational growth of the party in the county, holding the position of PRO for 5 years and now chairing the organisation in the county.

“Peadar has been a councillor for only 2 1/2 years and in that time he has brought his considerable Economics and Enterprise Development background to bear in our efforts to tackle the jobs crisis in Meath.”

In accepting the nomination Cllr Tóibín stated, “To be nominated to contest for Sinn Féin is a massive honour for me. Sinn Féin is the oldest political party in Ireland. It has proudly stood up for the interest of all Irish people north and south for generations. Indeed we in Sinn Féin have been the engine of change in this country for over 100 years.

“In 2010 County Meath is crying out for change. In this county we have been loyal to Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for generations and it has cost us dearly. Meath has been relegated to a ‘housing estate’ devoid of industry and jobs without even a whimper from our so called representatives. Meath has the highest increase in the rate of unemployment in the country. Meath receives less funding from enterprise organisations than another comparable counties in Ireland. Indeed Kildare gets 12 times more jobs per capita from the IDA than Meath. Louth gets 7 times more jobs investment from Enterprise Ireland than Meath. Even Wicklow receives 4 times more investment than Meath. This is a shocking indictment of the disastrous representation that we get from our existing TDs. If TDs fail to deliver they should go.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. Meath is populated by a young, well educated population. If given our fair share of resources and infrastructure I have no doubt that we can get the county back to work. Meath Sinn Féin has developed a number of well researched strategic economic development documents for the county. Instead of sitting on our hands, if given the mandate we will implement them.

“In Meath West Sinn Féin is the 3rd largest party in what is a three seat constituency. Fianna Fáil’s vote is on the floor and they will struggle. However they will still be in contention for the second seat. Fine Gael in Meath has proved toothless over the last 15 years. And without a real political heavy weight on the ballot paper they will be short of the necessary votes for two seats. Labour despite being the darlings of the Dublin 4 media are too far behind in Meath West to be in contention. Sinn Féin is the only party in a position to create change and take the third seat. The choice is clear. The last seat is between Fianna Fail and Sinn Féin. I urge the people of Meath to stand up for themselves. Join the campaign for Meath. Join and vote for Sinn Féin.” CRIOCH

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