Eoin Ó Broin Selected for Dublin Mid West
Sinn Féin members and supporters in Dublin Mid West have unanimously selected Eoin Ó Broin as the party’s candidate for the upcoming general election. The convention, at the Clarion Hotel on Wednesday September 29, was attended by over 50 people.
Clondalkin Sinn Féin Cllr Matthew McDonagh welcomed everyone to the event saying that, ‘having worked with Eoin since the start of the year I am delighted to endorse him tonight.’
Former Dublin Mid West general election candidate and current economic advisor to the party Joanne Spain chaired the event and also endorsed the new candidate saying that, ‘Eoin has played an important role in developing Sinn Fein economic policy in recent years.’
The night’s main speaker was North Belfast MLA and Junior Minister Gerry Kelly. The Belfast politician said that political growth in Dublin is ‘central to Sinn Féin’s project of building a united and equal Ireland.’ He also spoke of his experiencing of working with Eoin in Belfast from 1995 to 2006 saying that, ‘Eoin was a hard working councillor with a keen intellect and a first rate political debater.’
Speaking before the formal election proceedings Eoin Ó Broin told the Convention that, ‘Sinn Fein is the only party offering a real social and economic alternative to both the failed policies of the Fianna Fail-Green Party government, and the pro-cuts agenda of Labour and Fine Gael.
‘Our party has detailed costed proposals on job creation and tax reform. We are opposed to the government proposal and opposition acceptance of cutting €3billion from public expenditure in this December’s budget. As with the previous budgets, these cuts will lead to a further contraction of the economy and more loss of jobs.
‘In November we will be launching our own budget alternative arguing for a stimulus package to create jobs and help hard pressed working families.’
Speaking about the forthcoming election contest in Dublin Mid West Ó Broin said:
‘Sinn Féin has a real chance of winning a Dail seat in Dublin Mid West in the forthcoming election. The three sitting government TDs are all vulnerable, having blindly supported policies which have led to 450,000 people on the dole, billions of euro wasted on Anglo Irish Bank, and public services unable to meet the needs of local communities.
‘People want change. They want real policies that can generate employment, prosperity and equality for all. Neither this government nor the Fine Gael-Labour opposition can provide that alternative, wedded as they are to the failed economic consensus that caused the recession. Sinn Féin is the only real alternative, working hard on the ground and with radical and credible policy solutions to the problems the country is currently facing.’ ENDS
Eoin is a member of Lucan Sinn Fein and lives in Clondalkin Village. He is a member of Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle (governing body), writes a regular for the party's paper An Phoblacht, and is involved in the development of the party’s European, Economic and Housing policies.
A Sinn Fein activist for 15 years. Born in Dublin he lived in Belfast for 11 years where he was National Organiser for Sinn Fein Youth from 1997 to 1999; elected to Belfast City Council in 2001; and Sinn Fein’s Director of European Affairs from 2004 to 2007. Eoin was also the director of the party’s campaigns against the Lisbon Treaty in 2008 and 2009.
Eoin has a Masters Degree in Irish Politics from Queens University Belfast and currently works for a national housing charity. He is also the author of two books, a history of the conflict in the Basque Country (2003) and Sinn Féin and the Politics of Left Republicanism (2009). He is currently working on a third, A Better Ireland - Arguments for a New Republic, which will be published in 2011 by Pluto Press.
Eoin's priorities for Dublin Mid West in the coming election are jobs, housing, public services, community services and community safety.