Massive turnout at launch of Cullinane's Election campaign
Over 400 people attended the official launch of Sinn Féin Cllr David Cullinane's Dáil Election campaign at the Granville Hotel on Friday night. Party President Gerry Adams hosted a pre-launch reception of invited guests from civic society including local trade unionists, health advocates, members of community, campaigning and residents groups. A huge crowd packed into the Granville Hotel for the launch event itself which included a short film on the history of Sinn Féin in Waterford, the unveiling of a specially commissioned mural and was addressed by Election Candidate Cllr David Cullinane and Party President Gerry Adams. The event was chaired by the party‚s National Equality Officer Eibhlín Glenholmes.
Speaking at the event Election Candidate Cllr David Cullinane said:
"This is a very important election for Sinn Féin and for the people of Waterford. For the first time in many years the Waterford electorate has an opportunity to vote for real change. Sinn Féin is the only party in a position to change the status quo locally. For all we hear about the roar of the Celtic tiger people are crying out for change. Despite the unprecedented wealth in this country we have a two-tier health service and an under-resourced education system. Cancer and neurological patients in the Southeast are forced to travel for treatment while our young people are being taught in bigger class sizes in sometimes inadequate school buildings. Just as our sick have to travel for treatment our young students have to travel for a University education. This is not cherishing all of the children equally."
"All of the other parties who have been in Government have failed the people on so many quality of life issues. They have failed to invest our increased wealth in people and public services. People in rural areas feel abandoned and isolated and are doubly disadvantaged as a result of lack of health, educational and social infrastructure. Public transport in many parts of rural Waterford is non existent. Young people are struggling to buy a new home, while many more are languishing on long social housing waiting lists. The government must put people at the centre of housing policy not property developers and speculators."
"We have a different vision. Delivering on peoples health care rights, educational rights, housing rights and their fundamental needs should be the priority of Government. Rather than pandering to vested interests Government policy on all of these issues should be people centred. Combating MRSA in our hospitals, making childcare affordable and assessable, and providing safe communities is not beyond us. As a people we have the ability, the talent and the resources to create a socially just Ireland. Sinn Féin seeks to deliver where other political parties have failed."
Party President Gerry Adams said Sinn Féin was on the verge of taking a Dáil seat in Waterford. "David Cullinane will make an excellent T.D. for the people of Waterford. He is the only candidate who can take a seat from any of the sitting T.D.s. Sinn Féin has shown through its stewardship in the peace process that it can and will deliver change." Mr Adams concluded by reminding the audience that we are living in historic times. "The election of David Cullinane in Waterford will bring closer an Ireland which is not just united but is truly republican in that it will treat all its people equally." ENDS
Cllr David Cullinane was selected to contest the 2007 General Election for the Sinn Féin Party in the constituency of Waterford. He is a native of Waterford City and is originally from Ballybeg. He has since lived in Larchville and Lisduggan. David recently got engaged to his fiancée Kathleen Funchion who is also a Dáil candidate for the party in the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency. They both moved into their new home in Knocktopher, Co Kilkenny late last year and are expecting their first baby shortly.
David was elected to Waterford City Council in June 2004. He serves on a number of committees and is chairperson of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee and the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee. He is also member of the housing S.P.C, the Ward 3 Area committee and is a board member of Waterford Area Partnership and the Waterford City Enterprise Board. He is a voluntary member and director of the Larchville/Lisduggan Community Development Project.
David is active on social issues and is an advocate for the building of a rights based society. On issues such as housing, health, education and fair and equal employment he sees these issues as fundamental human rights. He is also an active supporter of trade union rights. He is a member of the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle.