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Sinn Féin is ready for government and we offer a real alternative– Cllr Cathleen Carney Boud

22 January, 2016 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin’s General Election candidate for the Dublin North West Constituency, Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has told a packed campaign launch that Sinn Féin is ready to be the change desperately needed by so many people nationwide.

Cllr Carney Boud said:

"I am honoured to stand as a Sinn Fein candidate for Dublin North West alongside Dessie Ellis TD. Dessie is a fantastic representative for this area, a solid mentor and inspiring person to work alongside. He has served his constituency well over the last five years, standing in stark contrast to Labour's John Lyons who’s party facilitated austerity in the form of cuts to lone parents, cuts to the carers’ allowance, cuts to medical cards, and presided over crises in both the housing and health sectors. The Labour Party has chosen power and ignorance over standing by the people who voted for them.

The time has come for change. We need a new type of politics with transparency, credibility and integrity at its core. I believe through anger, people of this country have mobilised as we have seen with the Right 2 Water campaign. This ignites fear in the Establishment as they clamour to discredit any alternative to their socially destructive policies. General Election 2016 could be a new departure for Ireland, one that will mark the end of civil war politics, and an end to political domination by ideological twins, Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael. But it is turning out at the ballot box that makes real change happen.

Stability vs Chaos is the narrative Fine Gael and Labour are peddling in this election campaign, a mantra with little substance or connection to reality as over 6,000 people wait to be housed in Dublin North West, or as 1,500 children are effectively imprisoned in hotel rooms across the city. There is no stability for tenants across this country living in fear of rent increases. No stability for the elderly who cannot afford their medication. No stability for young people for whom emigration is the only path to creating a decent life.

As tax cuts take priority over investment in public services, we ought to consider the kind of country we want to live in. Do we choose endless erosion of public services through privatisation and cuts, or change direction and work toward creating an Ireland of Equals? We need to build a great little country that our people want to live in, work in, raise a family in, grow old in. Not just a country as Enda says, “to do business in”. 

Sinn Féin offers a real alternative. We are ready for government and we are serious about getting in to government. We are committed to abolishing water charges and the Local Property Tax. We have excellent policies for health, housing, childcare and so much more, all fully costed proposals with a vision for equality.We are now in commemoration mode for the centenary of 1916. We as a people, as a country, must look to the vision that was set out in the proclamation. A vision of equality that seeks to cherish all of the children of the nation equally. This vision has faded away through years of domination by incompetent, corrupt and careerist politicians who strive to get rich and protect the rich.

The most vulnerable in our society desperately need the change that we in Sinn Féin is promising.

If elected, I can promise that I will work hard in this constituency, so I can stand up for the people of Dublin North West.

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