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Elections are an opportunity for real change

15 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly speaking following the moving of the writ for the Meath by-election, said "These elections provide an opportunity for real change."

Upbeat on Sinn Féin's prospects for the by-election, Cllr Reilly said "Sinn Féin is going into these elections in confident mood. Since coming so close to taking a seat in the 2002 General Election, Sinn Féin's phenomenal growth has continued in the county with more and more people supporting our agenda for change. We are confident of taking this seat."

Councillor Joe Reilly said:

"Sinn Féin is going into this election in a confident mood. The political growth of Sinn Féin over the last decade has been phenomenal right across Ireland, but more especially here in Meath since we came so close to taking the seat in the 2002 General Election.

"We have come a long way since then. More and more people recognise and value Sinn Féin's leading role in the peace process, our work on Local Councils and within local communities. Sinn Féin offers the only real alternative - we are about building an Ireland of equals, where corruption, neglect and inequality are things of the past. We have a record of making a difference in communities throughout Ireland.

"These elections provide an opportunity for real change. They will allow the electorate to decide what type of person they want to represent them in the Dáil but also what type of politics they want pursued on their behalf.

"Meath is one of the fastest growing counties in the country but it is being developed as a residential commuter area, rather than a county where people can work and live. The establishment parties who currently represent this county have done nothing to tackle this. They are more than happy to maintain the status quo.

"Meath needs proper investment in job creation - this means developing our infrastructure to a much higher standard. We need to address a lengthening housing waiting list and lack of social and affordable housing, transport chaos, lack of health and childcare services and much much more.

"Sinn Féin is standing in this election on our agenda for change, our leading role in the peace process, and our record of working on the ground in communities across Meath. We will be bringing these issues to the doors in the coming weeks and seeking a mandate for change."ENDS

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