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Sinn Féin Waterford makes history while launching its local election candidates

9 September, 2003

Sinn Féin in Waterford makes history while launching its Local Election Candidates for 2004. The party is standing six candidates, three in the city and three in the county. This is the largest team of Sinn Féin candidates to contest an election in Waterford in the history of the state. Local Representative David Cullinane has also been selected as the Sinn Féin European Election Candidate for Munster.  This election will take place on the same day as the local elections.

Speaking at the European Election convention in Limerick Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams congratulated the party membership in Waterford and wished all the candidates well. He added that the party would again 'make history' by electing Sinn Féin Representatives onto Waterford City and County Council.

The selected candidates are Joe Kelly-City Ward 1, Frank Walsh City-Ward 2, David Cullinane City-Ward 3, Brendan Mansfield-Dungarvan Town and County Council Wards, John Power-Suir C.C. Ward and Liz Whelan-Kilmacthomas C.C.Ward. Longstanding party representative Davie Lane was elected as the Director of Elections.  

Sinn Féin Waterford Representative and Ard Comhairle Member David Cullinane said the number and calibre of the chosen candidates is a tribute to all those who have worked tirelessly in developing the party over recent years. He paid a special tribute to the party members whose commitment he described as incredible. He said he looked forward to contesting the election and predicted that the story of the election will be the success of Sinn Féin.

"Sinn Féin received a tremendous vote at the last general election here in Waterford which was a clear signal of what is to come. We are putting forward our Republican Labour analysis to the people of Waterford and offering them a real alternative. At present Sinn Féin has no elected representatives here in Waterford yet we are the only political party with a full time constituency office. Our commitment to serving the people is unquestionable with more and more people responding to this fact."ENDS

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