Cllr Kathleen Funchion to contest general election for Sinn Féin in Carlow Kilkenny
Councillor Kathleen Funchion will contest the general election for Sinn Féin in Carlow Kilkenny. Councillor Funchion, who was the party’s candidate for the by-election in the constituency last May, was selected at a convention in the Talbot Hotel last night.
Speaking this morning, Cllr Funchion said;
“The forthcoming general election will shape the political course of this country in a very profound way. The people will have a very clear choice. They can opt for the politics of austerity, cuts and deprivation or they can choose a progressive left-wing alternative led by Sinn Féin.
“Sinn Féin wants to build a recovery that is fair and equitable. We reject the casualisation of work and the stripping away of the hard-earned rights of ordinary workers. We want to develop a sustainable social economy driven by real jobs with decent pay and conditions.
“This election can be a platform for bringing about the type of republic envisaged in the proclamation of 1916.
“In a real republic, every person, regardless of income, would have the right to access high-quality public services. People who not be left languishing on hospital trolleys when they are need of treatment and care. Parents would not be worn-out by the stress caused by facing astronomical back-to-school costs every August. Workers would not be left open to the exploitation and the fear created by trying to earn a living on zero-hour contracts. Rural dwellers would not be relegated to the status of second-class citizens as their communities are marginalised and neglected by government policy.
“The interests of ordinary people can no longer take a back seat to the interests of the political elites and the golden circles that have brought communities throughout this state to the point of ruination. In order to bring about the change that is so drastically needed in Irish society, left republican politics must come to the fore.
“Sinn Féin has a vision for a fairer Ireland and a new republic - one in which citizens have real rights that cannot be discarded at the whim of a detached government.
“I want to give the voters of Carlow Kilkenny an opportunity to break with the past and move away from the parties that have so badly failed the people.
“The results of the by-election in May showed that we are convincing more and more people in this constituency that Sinn Féin is the party that will build a better, fairer Ireland.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to build on Sinn Féin’s success in the by-election. I believe that the people of Carlow Kilkenny are ready to send a Sinn Féin TD to the Dáil at the next general election."