Gerry Adams calls on people of Meath to make history
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP and the party's Chief Negotiator, Martin McGuinness MP, joined Councillor Joe Reilly in handing in his nomination papers for the Meath by-election today. Mr Adams said "The people of Meath can elect Joe Reilly as the Sinn Féin TD for the county. He is a central part of Sinn Féin's negotiating team and an active local representative. The party is standing on our record in the peace process and seeking an endorsement of Joe Reilly's contribution nationally and locally."
Mr Adams said:
"Sinn Féin is working to bring about change now. We are working to build an alternative to the kind of government which can preside over one of the wealthiest economies in the EU yet fail to provide ordinary citizens with effective public services, in health, in education, transport, housing, youth facilities and childcare. That means reforming the tax system, investing in social and affordable housing, and having a cohesive public transport system.
"The people of Meath can elect Joe Reilly as the Sinn Féin TD for the county. He is a central part of Sinn Féin's negotiating team and an active local representative. The party is standing on our record in the peace process and seeking an endorsement of Joe Reilly's contribution nationally and locally.
"People increasingly recognising and valu 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.
"Sinn Féin has a substantial electoral mandate. We are using that mandate to bring about change in the peace process, in political bodies and in local communities. The opportunity exists for the people of Meath in the coming weeks to strengthen our hand and help move beyond the current difficulties and forward into the negotiations which are badly needed to have the Good Friday Agreement implemented in its entirety.
"Sinn Féin is standing in this election on our agenda for change, our leading role in the peace process, and our record of hard work on the ground in communities across Meath. We will be bringing these issues to the doors and seeking a mandate for change." ENDS