Dublin Sinn Féin launch election campaign
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin's Dublin candidates for the forthcoming local and European elections, South East Inner City representative Daithí Doolan pointed to Sinn Féin's status as 'the growing force in Dublin politics challenging the cosy consensus of Labour and Fianna Fáil that has goverened this city for years.' He went on to say 'We are unique in that we are a party that is both policy driven and a radical campaigning movement.'
Mr Doolan said: "Sinn Féin is the growing force in Dublin politics, challenging the cosy consensus of Labour and Fianna Fáil that has goverened this city for years.
"We are unique in that we are a party that is both policy driven and a radical campaigning movement. We led the campaign in Dublin against the Nice Treaty on both occasions. We played a key role in the campaign against the Bin Charges and saw members and supporters imprisoned as a result. We took part in the campaign against the war on Iraq and have campaigned for the right to housing to be enshrined in the Constitution. We are a party that engages with and radicalises the people.
"We are also a policy driven party. We are publishing a separate manifesto for Dublin as the capital city of this state, and the future capital city of an All-Ireland Republic. We are the only party to publish a manifesto specific to Dublin. We have made a comprehensive submission to the Dublin Draft Development Plan and we were the only party to make a submission to the formulation of the Council's housing policy.
"Our manifesto sets out the priorities for our councillors in the four local authorities. It puts on the record our positions on a range of social and economic issues of vital imoportance to the future of this city. Copies of it will be distributed across Dublin to community groups, NGOs and the people we work with every day.
"Working with our TDs in Leinster House, Aengus O Snodaigh and Seán Crowe, looking forward to working with Dublin's first Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and committed to delivering for this city, we are the party of change in Dublin and this will be our election." ENDS