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Sinn Féin select Joanne Corcoran as Dublin Mid West general election candidate

14 February, 2006

Sinn Féin has selected Joanne Corcoran to contest the next general election in Dublin Mid West. The party’s Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness attended the selection convention in the Pollyhops Pub in Newcastle on Monday night and said he believed that Sinn Féin was on target to take a seat in the constituency. She was proposed by Councillor Shane O' Connor and seconded by Larry Doyle, outgoing Chairperson of the Stagg/Kelly Sinn Féin cumann in Quarryvale.
Mr McGuinness said:
“This constituency becomes a four-seater in the next election and there is the potential to elect a Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West. Our growth rate in this area has been phenomenal and in the last local elections we saw Shane O’Connor, top the poll in Clondalkin and Feilim MacChríosta come within a handful of votes of taking a seat in Lucan ward.
“We’ve selected a strong candidate for Dublin Mid West, because this constituency is being viewed as a priority area by Sinn Féin. More and more people in the West of Dublin feel abandoned and angry at this Government’s health policies, transport policies and education policies, and we will be looking to put our party’s proposals to the residents of Mid West and asking them to vote for Joanne.”
Ms Corcoran said she was honoured to be selected.


She said: “It is a great privilege to represent Sinn Féin in the coming General Election and I am very conscious of the responsibility I have taken on. I would like to thank Shane and Larry for their support and I hope to build on the massive amount of work Shane as councillor and Feilim as local representative have been doing. A candidate, especially a Sinn Féin candidate, is only as good as the organisation and members backing her up and I look forward to working with the people in this room.


She went on to highlight the dismal performance of Tanáiste and Dublin Mid-West TD Mary Harney as Minister for Health.
She said: “Mary Harney, her policies, her party, and her department have all been a disgrace over the last number of years. She has driven the health system in this state into a downward spiral that it will take years to recover from.
“Health is a priority for Sinn Féin and particularly for me in this election. I am going to question Mary Harney on every bad decision she makes and make sure she is held accountable to the electorate. They deserve nothing less.” ENDS

Note for editors
Joanne Corcoran has been a member of Sinn Féin for eight years. She is 26 years of age and lives in Blanchardstown with her partner, former editor of An Phoblacht Martin Spain, and their new baby, Isobel.

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