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New Sinn Féin Councillor to be co-opted for South West Inner City

21 March, 2006

Dublin Sinn Féin has announced that the party will nominate Críona Ní Dhálaigh to replace Andrew O'Connell, the party's outgoing Councillor for the South West Inner City,  at the April meeting of Dublin City Council. Andrew, who was elected to the Council in 2004, attended his final Council meeting in the area last Wednesday (15th March).

Due to personal, family and work commitments, Andrew  is no longer be able to fulfil the commitments as a councillor and local representative, particularly as he now lives in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Críona Ní Dhálaigh is a resident of Ballyfermot and is originally from Crumlin.  She is the office manager at the Ballyfermot constituency office. She is a mother of two young sons, Caoimhghín and Domhnall, and is a fluent Irish speaker.  She has been a republican since her teens and has always been an able and committed activist, highly respected in her community.

Councillor O'Connell said:
“First of all, I would like to thank the people of the South West Inner City who have given me and my party tremendous support and it has been a great honour to represent them.  It is with regret that I am announcing that I can no longer fulfil the role entrusted to me by the people here due to personal commitments.  However, I am delighted to inform our constituents that Críona Ní Dhálaigh is an excellent replacement and I have full confidence in her. I know she will work very hard and ably for the people here, as she has done for the party in the South Central constituency.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“I want to thank Andrew for all his hard work, for his contribution to the community and to the party in Dublin South Central. I want to wish him well and look forward to working with him in the future.

“Críona Ní Dhálaigh is a very able and capable community worker and will be a wonderful addition to the Sinn Féin team in South Central, working alongside myself, Robert Sargent and Tony Smithers to try and address the many problems of the South West Inner City, in particular housing, drugs, anti-social behaviour, transport and health issues.

”The  people in the South West Inner City voted for change in the Local Elections in 2004, Sinn Féin is determined that this change will be delivered.   ENDS

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