My campaign is about ordinary people. It about people abandoned and ignored by those in power - Kathleen Funchion
Sinn Féin’s candidate for the Carlow Kilkenny by-election, Kathleen Funchion, has said that her campaign is about providing a new voice for those people abandoned and ignored by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party.
Cllr Funchion was speaking at campaign rally in the Rhu Glenn County Hotel with Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD amongst the 250 people in attendance.
“I am not interested in winning a Dáil seat for the sake of it. It is about seizing an opportunity to provide real change and effective public representation for communities in Carlow and Kilkenny. My campaign is about ordinary people. It is about providing a new voice for people who have been abandoned and ignore by those in power.
“Time and again, the people of this constituency have put their faith in the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party and they have been re-paid with broken promises.
“I am not contesting this election out of some self-serving desire to be a TD. I want to represent the ordinary people of this constituency who have been affected by cuts to vital public services and by diminished wage packets.
“It is ordinary people who are paying the price for the bank-debt and for the resulting austerity and cuts delivered by this government. Our communities and families are also still paying the price for years of reckless government administered by Fianna Fáil.
“This by-election can be a watershed shed for the constituency of Carlow Kilkenny. This can be year in which the people here decide that it time for something new. How can Bobby Aylward or David Fitzgerald represent the interests of the vulnerable and the working poor when these are the very people abandoned by their parties?
“This is why I am contesting the by-election. I want to see a fair recovery and a brighter future for Carlow and Kilkenny. Sinn Féin is the only party that has the political will and vision to make that happen.”