Sinn Féin committed to standing up for those who need it most – McDonald
Speaking at the RDS count centre this afternoon, during the early stages of the local and European election count, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“Firstly, I want to thank our candidates who represented the party with great passion and integrity over the course of this election campaign and indeed the last five years.
“It is important to note that we are in the early stages of the counting process and have a long way to go before we know the full result.
“Five years ago, we saw a surge in our party support and won an additional one hundred and five council seats. It was always going to be a challenge for us to hold all of those seats. That surge this time around went to the Green Party and, while we expect to hold most of our seats, it looks as though we will lose some valued councillors. I want to thank them for their work and I have no doubt that they will be returned again.
“Today is the Greens’ day and I wish to congratulate them. We must all work together to tackle the climate emergency and Sinn Féin is committed to doing so in a way that incentivises reduction of carbon emissions while protecting the least well off in society and ensuring that big business and corporations pay their fair share.
“For Sinn Féin, elections come and go and when the counting is over we will learn from the results, dust ourselves off and get back to business. In a society where thousands of children are homeless and working families live hand to mouth, Sinn Féin politics has never been needed more. Our activists are committed to change and committed to standing up for those who need it most. We have a job to do and we will continue to use our mandate at all levels to pursue progressive change and a united Ireland.”