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Sinn Féin select Paul Donnelly to contest general election in Dublin West

8 January, 2015

Sinn Féin has selected Fingal Councillor Paul Donnelly to be the party’s candidate in the Dublin West constituency at next General Election due to be held some time before April 2016. Party members chose Mr. Donnelly at a selection convention chaired by Dessie Ellis TD in Blanchardstown earlier this evening.

Addressing party members at the packed convention, Cllr. Donnelly said:

“It is a huge honour to be selected to represent Sinn Féin and this community in the Dublin West constituency for the upcoming General Election, whenever that might be.”

“Support for Sinn Féin in this constituency has grown significantly over the past decade. In last May’s local elections we succeeded in getting four councillors elected where previously there was no Sinn Féin representation on either of the local authorities in Dublin West.”

“In the Dublin West by-election also held last May, we doubled our vote with 6,000 first preferences. This has set a marker for the upcoming General Election, although we will not be complacent nor take the trust placed in us at that election for granted.”

“I want to represent a community has been betrayed by this government but in particular by Minister Joan Burton, the Labour Party leader. Labour has virtually reneged on every pre-election commitment they made.  They will pay a heavy price for this duplicity.”

“Sinn Féin is about fairness, equality and justice.  The removal of the Local Property Tax and Water Charges are red line issues for us entering any coalition government after the next election. These are not negotiable. I will stand firmly behind those commitments. I am proud to stand beside the thousands of people in Dublin West who will not be bullied into paying these unfair family taxes.”

“We are committed to a health service that will treat people as human beings and with dignity. Every citizen of this State deserves a first class health system from the time they walk in the door of their local emergency department.”

“Sinn Féin is committed to a fair and equitable taxation system and I make no apologies when I say that those who earn the most will pay more than those on middle and lower incomes. I make no apologies when I say that we will introduce a wealth tax targeting those with assets excluding the family home in excess of €1m.”

“Our party is committed to an education system that gives every child a chance to achieve a level of education based on their academic ability and not on affordability. I work in the social and educational services and I have seen at first hand the effects the savage cuts have had on our young people in education.”

“We now have a chance, for the first time in generations to change the face of politics in Ireland. I am asking the people of Dublin West to again come out and vote for me and Sinn Féin in even larger numbers when the General Election is called.”

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