Cathleen Carney Boud to run for Sinn Féin in Dublin North West in General Election
Sinn Féin members have tonight selected Cathleen Carney Boud to be the party’s second candidate in the Dublin North West constituency at next General Election.
Speaking at the convention Cllr Carney Boud said:
“It is an honour and a privilege to be selected to represent Sinn Féin and the people of the Dublin North West constituency for the upcoming General Election.
“Support for Sinn Féin has grown considerably in this constituency as was evident in last year’s local election results when five Sinn Féin Councillors were elected.
“This was a result of many years of hard work done on the ground by local members and activists, but also because people are crying out for change.
“We do not take those votes for granted. We are serious about getting into government and changing the face of politics once and for all.
“Dublin North West has been served well by our TD Dessie Ellis who works tirelessly on their behalf. However, they have not been served well by the Labour TD’s that were elected by this constituency and who have failed to stand up for them in government. Instead they brought in cold and brutal austerity measures, budget after budget.
“Fine Gael and Labour will pay the price as has Fianna Fáil previously, and rightly so.
“Fine Gael, Labour nor Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted to represent the best interests of the people. Their policies have pushed too many families of this constituency into poverty and even homelessness.
“Sadly this is not an exaggeration. High rents, mortgage distress and the repossession of family homes are literally putting men, women and children out on the street.
“Lone parents and their children have been viciously attacked. Inequality in the education system is still rife. Healthcare is in crisis.
“Pensioners cry when they wake up in the morning because they don’t know how they will afford their property tax or their water charges and on top of everything else, many had their medical cards taken away. One in five children go to school every day, or to bed at night, hungry.
“As we approach elections next year, Ireland will be celebrating the centenary of the Easter Rising. The proclamation of 1916 promises to cherish all of the children of the nation equally, to say that in a hundred years later, this has not yet been achieved is extremely disappointing.
“This Government talks of recovery and what a great job they have done. Any recovery has been at the expense of the most vulnerable.
“We want a fair recovery for all that includes real jobs, a living wage and an end to zero hour contracts.
“Sinn Féin is committed to providing a fairer tax system where those earning the most, pay the most. We are committed to social and economic equality and make no apologies for it
“The water charges campaign has shown the will of hundreds of thousands of people like never before to stand up to this government. It is time now, to show them, by using your vote.
“I am asking the people of Dublin North West to vote for Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis and myself Cathleen Carney Boud.”