Sinn Féin selects Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire to contest next General Election in Cork South Central
Sinn Féin has selected Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire as the party’s candidate in Cork South Central for the next general election.
Cllr O’ Laoghaire was selected at a convention in the Metropole Hotel earlier this afternoon.
Speaking following the convention, Cllr O’Laoghaire said;
“I am truly honoured and humbled to be selected by the membership this afternoon at Convention.
“For far too long Cork South Central has been dominated by the establishment parties of Fianna Fáil Fine Gael and Labour.
"The ordinary people of Cork have been let down again and again by these parties of austerity.
"Fianna Fáil presided over the reckless policies which led to the crash, and left us with the bankers and speculators debts. The Fine Gael Labour government promised a fair recovery, but in reality, have presided over growing inequality and the development of a low pay economy."
"We owe it to the vulnerable and marginalised members of our community, and our constituency as a whole, to take a seat, to provide a voice against austerity in Cork."
"It is a significant challenge for Sinn Féin, but we are confident that our growth in recent times and our work on the ground will put us in a strong position to take a seat.
"I wish to pay tribute to Cllr Chris O'Leary, who is a marvellous public representative and a credit to his community
“We start our campaign to take a seat in Cork South Central today. This election will be a historic opportunity to change the Irish political system.
“A real choice is opening up between the parties of austerity, and parties such as Sinn Féin, who are focused on growth, and a society based on equality"
“Sinn Féin's view of society has the ordinary citizen at its heart.
“I will focus on defending low and middle income earners, promoting progressive taxation according to ability to pay .
“I will work to deliver quality public services that the community can rely on, in Education, Healthcare, and Childcare.
“I have a track record of defending and supporting ordinary low and middle income earners, as a community activist and as a public representative, and I will continue that work as we fight to take a seat in Cork South Central.”