Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD selected as Sinn Féin candidate in Cork South Central.
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has been selected as the party's candidate for election in Cork South Central.
Teachta Ó Laoghaire was selected unopposed tonight at a convention in the South Parish Community Centre.This is the first Sinn Féin Convention in advance of the next General Election.
Speaking following the convention, Deputy Ó Laoghaire said;
“I’m very honoured to have been selected to contest the next General Election in Cork South Central on behalf of Sinn Féin.
“I am passionate about our City & County and work every day to ensure that Cork can prosper, get the infrastructure that is needed to deliver jobs and growth and to fight to and fix the Housing crisis in our streets.
“When I stood in the last election I promised to offer a progressive alternative voice to the stale politics of Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael.
“The last year and a half has illustrated the need for this more than ever. The recent budget has sorely disappointed, as it failed to deal in any sort of serious way, the Housing crisis, or the crisis in our hospitals, or invest adequately in mental health.
"Instead they prioritised frivolous tax cuts that favoured the wealthy and did nothing for most.
“They also did literally nothing on affordable housing or making childcare more affordable, highlighting their ignorance to the cost of living crisis.
“I am the only opposition TD from Cork South Central who has stood against the old politics of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, two sides of the same coin.
“This is a Government focused on serving the interests of the powerful and wealthy while continuing to be propped up by Fianna Fáil, neither of whom the crises in housing and healthcare are not priorities.
“Fianna Fáil may posture and pretend to fight the minority Fine Gael Government, but the reality is that Leo Varadkar is Taoiseach simply because Mícheál Martin allows it.
“When the chips are down they will back the Government and the old pals act of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will vote together to stop progressive measures.
“They voted together against rent certainty, against motions on addressing the Housing crisis, against abolishing water charges in full, and for a Budget that normalises and tolerates the mass homelessness of our population.
"Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil's decision to allocate such a huge proportion of available resources in Budget 2018 on tax cuts shows that it does not understand the reality on the ground for ordinary families.
"The people I represent know that Sinn Féin is the only party who will fix the Housing Crisis and fix the crisis in Health, the party that will be on their side.
“This next Election has the potential to be a crucial election and Sinn Féin will be at the very heart of it. We believe we can change the shape and course of Irish politics.
"The campaign to retain the seat begins here, and we intend to build on our vote, win over new voters, and I hope to be back in the Dáil as part of a strengthened Sinn Féin team, to fight for the people of Cork, and to deliver a Government on the side of the people."