Sinn Féin is ready for government, north and south
Head of Sinn Féin’s Election Department Pat Doherty MP speaking at a meeting of the party’s leadership in Dublin this morning said that “Sinn Féin is standing 42 candidates across 41 constituencies. In the coming weeks we will be putting a strong republican platform before the electorate setting out our plans to build an Ireland of equals. We are preparing to be in government, north and south.”
Mr. Doherty said:
“This is a huge election for Sinn Féin. We are standing 42 candidates across 41 constituencies and a quarter of our candidates are women. And we expect to substantially increase our representation in constituencies right across the country. In the north our five government ministers are already working with the DUP and the other parties for the return to government on May 8th. And we are just as ready for government in the south
“This morning we finalised our candidate list and agreed the key priorities for our manifesto. In the coming weeks we will be putting a strong republican platform before the electorate and setting out our plans to build an Ireland of equals.
“Our priority in government will be to end the crisis in the health service, build social and affordable housing, advance the peace process and build a strong, all-Ireland economy that delivers for all. We want to build Irish unity and bring together the experience of nationalists and unionists across the island.
“In the last few weeks we have seen the Fine Gael and the Labour Party alliance coming apart at the seams on key issues relating to the economy, rural Ireland and international affairs. And we have seen the negative impact which the PDs are having on their government partners. We have seen a lot of desperate auction politics. This is appallingly reckless given the depth of the crisis in our public services.
“Sinn Féin has been canvassing extensively and one thing is certain, after the debacle of the last election people are looking for answers. They are looking for an alternative government and we are confident that Sinn Féin is up for the challenge of being at the centre of a new administration.” ENDS