Standing up for Donegal, Fighting For Ireland - Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has asked voters in Donegal to support him in his bid to continue his work in Europe so that he can continue fighting for further investment in the county and also to vote for Sinn Féin’s local election candidates.
Speaking in Donegal on Monday, Carthy said:
“I have been privilaged to represent the people of Donegal over the past five years - my track record of work in this county is unparalleled by any other MEP.
“These EU and local elections are crucial for the Irish people as we face major challenges including Brexit, climate breakdown, an unsustainable housing bubble and global financial instability.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have been disastrous for rural Ireland and for border counties. We have seen rural towns and villages decimated with the closure of post offices, Garda stations and small businesses.
“Families are struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, massive increases in rents, unaffordable childcare and a crumbling health service.
“The new housing bubble fuelled by government policy has priced out an entire generation from being able to buy their own home.
“Fine Gael’s European election candidates cannot be distanced from the disastrous and reckless policies of the present government.
“And Fianna Fáil's candidates cannot be distanced from their party’s role in propping up Fine Gael government, despite endless scandals like the National Broadband Plan debacle and the scandal of the Children’s Hospital overspend.
“It is important that the people of Donegal make it very clear that they have had enough of this and the most effective way to do that is to vote for Sinn Féin in the European and Local Government elections.
“Donegal is the county with most to lose from a hard Brexit. It was Sinn Féin MEPs who made sure that the concerns of the people of Donegal were central in terms of the Brexit negotiations.
“I have worked closely with Pearse Doherty TD and Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn on a raft of issues that face people across Donegal, including sewerage facilities in Gweedore, on adequate drinking and wastewater across the county, for improved flood defences and for a better deal for local farmers and fishing communities.
“I have worked with Donegal Action for Cancer Care who are doing fantastic work in highlighting the inequality people in Donegal face in relation to cancer care services. I brought the organisation to Europe where they got an opportunity to directly face the Commission representatives and outline the failure of the Irish Government to adequately provide healthcare facilities.
“I want to continue fighting on behalf of the people of Donegal. I want to continue working alongside Pearse Doherty TD, Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn and the great team of Sinn Féin Councillors in Donegal in demanding that adequate investment at a national and European level comes to the county.
“If re-elected, I will continue to provide leadership on Brexit, including standing firm on the backstop, and campaigning for the EU to support a border poll on Irish unity.
"I will defend public services and decent jobs in Donegal, the interests of local farmers, stand up against vulture funds, and promote real climate action, which makes corporate polluters pay while ensuring the burden for tackling climate change is not put on ordinary working people.
“A vote for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is a vote for the same failed policies implemented at home to be promoted at the EU level. A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for a fairer Ireland and a fairer, social Europe.”