Sinn Féin select Senator David Cullinane as General Election candidate for Waterford
At a selection convention in Waterford the Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane was selected unopposed to run in the forthcoming General Election.
Speaking after the convention Senator Cullinane said:
"I am delighted to have been selected as the party candidate for the forthcoming General Election. Waterford City and County needs strong and effective political representation. I hope to build on the fantastic success the party had in Waterford at the last local and EU elections.
"Waterford City and County has a lot to offer and has huge potential. However it is being held back by poor political representation from the Government parties and a failure of Government policy. The City and County has unacceptably high levels of unemployment and is operating with one hand tied behind it's back.
"As a member of the Oireachtas committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation I published comprehensive proposals aimed at tackling unemployment, creating jobs, supporting enterprise development and building critical infrastructure. This includes the need for a University for the region, the roll out of dark fibre broadband, support for the regional airport and the creation of a regional IDA Office based in Waterford City. These proposals need to be delivered.
"I will be a strong advocate for low and middle income workers and the unemployed. I have a track record of robustly challenging unfair Government policies and standing up for ordinary citizens. I will also champion rural development and challenge rural decline and the closure of vital services.
"Sinn Féin is committed to a fair recovery, progressive taxation, investment in public services prioritising health, housing and childcare and championing decent work and pay. I look forward to debating all of these issues in the time ahead."