Historic victory for people of West Tyrone - Begley
Sinn Féin’s newly elected MP for West Tyrone, Órfhlaith Begley, has said the electorate in West Tyrone have ‘seized the opportunity’ to vote for equality and fairness and to reject borders and divisions.
Speaking from Omagh Leisure Centre, Órfhlaith Begley commented:
“This is an historic result for Sinn Féin. The people of West Tyrone have elected their first female MP but, more than that, they have given a huge endorsement to our vision for a new type of politics and an Ireland that treats every single citizen with equality and respect.
“The electorate seized the opportunity to vote for equality and fairness and to reject borders and division and I want to thank every single person who voted for me and Sinn Féin.
“I pledge to be an MP for all citizens and to champion the issues that will improve the lives of the people in West Tyrone – attracting jobs, the completion of the A5, the rollout of broadband and defending our communities against the impact of austerity cuts and Brexit.
“I also want to thank all of our activists who travelled from all parts of the island in what was a truly national effort to secure this result.
“The people of West Tyrone have overwhelmingly endorsed Sinn Féin’s position that the political institutions must be restored on the basis of rights, respect and equality.
“They have once again turned their back on Westminster because they see that the centre of political gravity is now on the island of Ireland.
“They see that Ireland is changing and there now exists an opportunity to create a new Ireland, one of opportunity, of prosperity and a place in which everyone calls home. I look forward to working as part of an all-Ireland team to make this new Ireland a reality.”