Cllr. Sorcha Nic Cormaic sets out her stall for winning a seat in Rathdown
Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha Nic Cormaic has launched her general election campaign and has her sights firmly set on winning a seat in Rathdown.
Speaking last night Cllr Nic Cormaic said:
“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, a moment in our history when a few men and women struck a massive blow against a mighty empire.
The Government has been under serious pressure to come on board with celebrating the centenary. After its desperate attempts a year ago to revise our history to suit their own agenda it cannot be allowed to airbrush the Rising. The Irish people should be rightly proud of the courage of the men and women who in 1916 took on the British Empire to assert Ireland’s nationhood and independence.
Most recently Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown county council has attempted to block our efforts to have a permanent memorial structure on the Dundrum side of the county, something I intend to fight.”
Cllr Nic Cormaic continued:
“Despite the Taoiseach’s reluctance to set the date, we are in the throes of an election campaign, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. People have been devastated by austerity, there are thousands of families in mortgage distress, and homelessness and unemployment figures have been rising steadily since this Government came to power five years ago.
Looking at Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, you might be forgiven for wondering ‘what is the point of elections?’ The current government was elected because they promised change, but it had no intention of delivering on those promises, as Pat Rabbitte notoriously announced on live TV – that’s just what they do at elections.
Sinn Féin is the only party putting forward a different set of politics. We’re not competing with the others to see who can give the biggest tax cut to the better off. We’re not trying to outbid Kenny and Martin to see who can be a better friend to big business. We’re not bought and paid for by property developers and land speculators.
Nic Cormaic added:
“Our party is going from strength to strength, part of the reason for this is that this party is filled with ordinary people, together we form a formidable team.
We are motivated by our vision of a fairer Ireland and people recognise that.
We want to put money back into people’s pockets by abolishing the property tax and water charges.
We want to fix an ailing health service and we have set out our plans to do so.
We want to make childcare more affordable for parents and better for childcare workers.
One hundred years on from The Rising, to our shame, we still have children living in squalor in inadequate accommodation.
It’s time to make the change and elect a progressive, left alternative government led by Sinn Féin.”