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Martin Ferris selected as North Kerry general election candidate

9 April, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has been selected as the party’s candidate to contest the North Kerry constituency in the forthcoming general election. Deputy Ferris was selected unopposed after being nominated by the Sinn Féin Cumann in Ardfert and seconded by Councillor Robert Beasley at the election convention that took place today in the Earl of Desmond Hotel.


Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP, who chaired the convention, congratulated Martin Ferris, saying; “The people of North Kerry can be proud that they have a strong TD in Martin Ferris representing them in the Dáil. Martin has done fantastic work both locally and nationally and he continues to play a vital role in Sinn Féin's peace strategy. Martin's strength and commitment to his constituents is second to none. I have no doubt that the people of North Kerry will once again put their trust in Martin Ferris and will re-elect him to the Dáil.


Speaking following his selection Deputy Ferris said:

“Four years ago, despite the best efforts of certain people to thwart our efforts with dirty tricks, the people of North Kerry put their trust in me and in Sinn Féin in overwhelming numbers. I have done my level best to live up to your expectations by working hard for the last 4 years both here in the county and in the Dáil on issues that matter to you.


“I have been fighting tooth and nail with this government for the people of North Kerry. The problems being faced by patients and staff at Kerry General Hospital has been at the fore of my work in the Dáil. There isn’t a month that goes by that Mary Harney isn’t made aware that Kerry’s health services are unacceptable, whether it is the disgraceful delay in the building of a Community Hospital in Tralee, the understaffing and overcrowding at the A&E department or the need for a full time Consultant Cardiologist at Kerry General.


“Just last week I was told by the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell that there were only three extra Gardaí deployed in North Kerry since he took office in 2002. At the same time people are afraid to walk the streets of our towns at night and people living in the countryside, particularly the elderly are living in fear in their own homes.


“When I first entered the Dáil chambers one of the first issues I raised was the lack of investment and new jobs in North Kerry. I highlighted the governments and the IDA’s seemingly complete lack of interest in promoting Kerry as an attractive area for new businesses to set up. As my party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs, I have fought to reverse the trend we are seeing were more and more people are leaving the land. Our rural communities are suffering badly because of neglect by successive governments.


“These are just some of the issues that I have been fighting for and I will continue to give the people of North Kerry a strong voice in the Dáil. ENDS

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