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Crowe selected for Dublin South West

12 November, 2010

At a packed selection convention this evening Sinn Féin members unanimously selected Seán Crowe to stand in the up coming general election in the Dublin South West Constituency.

Speaking at the selection convention, which was addressed by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Councillor Crowe said he was looking forward to the campaign and is confident that Sinn Féin can regain its Dáil seat in the constituency.

Councillor Crowe said:

“I am honoured to once again have been selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin South West.

“This constituency has seen its fair share of pain under this current Government with unemployment levels soaring to just under 10,000. This Government’s economic policies are directly responsible for putting thousands of those families and individuals from this area on to the dole queues.

“Their response to the growing crisis is attack the less well off, cut dole payments, close down hospital wards, cut education funding and bail out their banker friends with taxpayers’ hard earned money.

“As we meet here tonight plans are being cobbled together for a budget that will again target the least well off to pay for the mess Fianna Fáil has made of our economy.

“That is why Sinn Féin has done all in its power to bring down this Government before it implements a budget that wrecks families and destroys this economy.

“We know that there is a choice facing this Government. There is a better and a fairer way.

“Sinn Fein has put forward our alternative proposals to tackle this crisis.

“Our pre-budget submission clearly outlines how money can be raised by targeting those wealthy people in Irish society who have not been paying their fair share and can afford to pay more.

“It seeks to protect the low and middle income earners in society.

“Sinn Fein will not ignore our current economic responsibilities. We have shown how money can be raised to reduce the budget deficit by €4 billion next year

“We reject the timescale of 2014 for reducing the deficit to 3% of GDP. It is simply unachievable.

“We have argued that 2016 is a more realistic and achievable timeframe without wrecking the economy.

“Sinn Fein has proposed that money be taken from the pension reserve fund to fuel the economy, to build critical infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, creating much needed jobs along the way. This is the progressive way to recovery.

“We need to work our way out of this mess and creating and retaining jobs is the key to that.

“Fail Fáil, the PD'S and their Green yes men have led us to the edge of an economic cliff.

“Voters in this Constituency and throughout this state will soon have a clear choice.

“To follow Fianna Fáil over that cliff face or back up and go down the Sinn Féin roadway.

“Our road will lead to a United, Independent and inclusive Ireland

“People want change. They want leadership and a vision and that will lead us all out of this crisis.

“The sooner we have an election the better. Let us begin tonight to build a movement and a campaign that will rattle the establishment and win back our Sinn Féin seat.” ENDS

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