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Sinn Féin announces details of Donegal South West selection convention

23 September, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Donegal Sinn Féin Chairperson Padraig MacLochlainn has announced that a selection convention for the Donegal South West by-election will take place in the Óstan Loch Altan, Gortahork on Sunday 10th October 2010 at 4pm.

Senator Pearse Doherty, who is currently engaged in a High Court action against the Government over its failure to hold the by-election, also announced today that he will seek the nomination from party members in Donegal to represent the party in the election.

Senator Doherty said:

“A request for nominations has gone out to the Sinn Féin party membership in Donegal South West and we will gather in the Óstan Loch Altan, Gortahork on Sunday 10th October 2010 at 4pm to formally select our candidate for the by-election.

“Unlike the Brian Cowen and his Government, we in Sinn Féin believe that the election in this constituency should be held at the earliest opportunity. The Government should move the writ when the Dáil returns next week which would allow for the election to take place in late October or early November.

“I have taken a case against the Government over its failure to hold this by-election and the only way the Government can avoid seeing me in court on October 18th is if the writ is moved and passed in the Dáil before then.

“Announcements of an election at some stage next year will not make this case go away. We want the election at the earliest opportunity not whenever suits Brian Cowen or the Government.

“I will be putting my name forward for selection and hoping to be endorsed by my colleagues in Sinn Féin at the convention on October 10th.

“This election will give the people an opportunity to give its verdict on the Government’s handling of the economy and on its plans to cut €3billion out of the economy, primarily from the pockets of those who can least afford it.

“Both Fine Gael and Labour share the Government’s view that €3billion or more needs to be cut from the economy.

“Sinn Féin is the only party offering an alternative that would see us stimulating the economy rather than contracting it. We are the only party that wants to overhaul the taxation system to ensure everybody pays according to their ability to pay and that we finally rid ourselves of tax loopholes that deny us millions every year.

“We want to protect the most vulnerable in society while others look to them first to pay for the economic mess.”

“We have been screaming jobs, jobs, jobs for the last two years while the Government has been focussed on bailing out zombie banks. Both Labour and Fine Gael have belatedly got the message that the economy needs employment but the Government parties have yet to catch on.

“Sinn Féin is offering a real alternative. We offer a better and more fair way our of recession.

“We will go into this by-election with confidence. We are in it to win it.” ENDS

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