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‘Vote for a new era in politics’ – O’Neill

9 April, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


The West Tyrone by-election is an opportunity to oppose Brexit and inequality and demand a better future, Sinn Féin vice President Michelle O’Neill has said.

Speaking at the official campaign launch in Strabane today, Michelle O’Neill also paid tribute to the party’s candidate, 26-year-old Carrickmore solicitor Órfhlaith Begley.

She commented: “Órfhlaith is an incredible young woman. A tireless, dedicated activist who in many ways epitomises where Sinn Féin is as a party.

“We are a dynamic, vibrant, forward-looking party. A reinvigorated party with a new leadership team that is bursting with articulate, passionate young activists like Órfhlaith Begley.

“But of course, we also face big challenges in the time ahead.

“The DUP walked away from an agreement and are still opposing equality and rights for all citizens.

“Their toxic pact with the Tories is poisoning the political process and together, they are pursuing a reckless and damaging Brexit and austerity agenda.

“I have no doubt the people of West Tyrone will make their feelings known about all of that when they cast their vote on May 3rd.

“But it is easy to get people to vote against something. In this election we are asking them to vote for something.

“We are asking them to vote for a better future, to vote for rights and equality for all and to vote for a new Ireland, an agreed Ireland.

“Órfhlaith Begley is a symbol of a new era and that is what Sinn Féin is asking the people of West Tyrone to endorse when they go to polls in a few weeks time.

“A new future is possible. Go out there and grab it.”

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