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Vote Sinn Féin for a brighter future for Carlow & Kilkenny - Funchion

21 April, 2015 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Carlow & Kilkenny Cllr. Kathleen Funchion has stated that electing a Sinn Féin TD will be the first step in securing a brighter future for the people of the constituency.

Cllr. Funchion also said that electing yet another TD from one of the establishment parties will not make a blind bit of difference to the lives of ordinary people.

Speaking after the government announced May 22nd as the date for the by-election, Cllr. Funchion said:

“The people of Carlow & Kilkenny at last know the date of when they can use their vote to bring about a meaningful and fundamental change in how our communities are represented.

“This election can be a watershed in Irish politics. Our constituency can send the loudest possible message to this government that they have failed and that their ill-spent time in office is coming to a close.

“The voters of Carlow and Kilkenny will be presented with a clear choice when they enter the polling booths on May 22nd.

“They can choose the broken politics that have brought this state to its knees, the politics represented by Fianna Fáil. They can choose the politics of austerity and cuts that has destroyed so many lives and communities. This is the politics of Fine Gael and Labour Party.

“They can choose more of the same or they can make a real change. They can choose Sinn Féin.

“Voting for Sinn Féin means that you are rejecting the type of political representation that has brought about a housing crisis of frightening proportions, overcrowded hospitals, mass emigration & unemployment and a marginalised rural community. This is what Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and the Labour Party have brought about between them.

“The people of Carlow and Kilkenny do not have to wait for a general election. In four weeks time, they can give their verdict on this shambles by voting for the fair and progressive alternative represented by Sinn Féin.

“Voting for Sinn Fein means that you are not only voting against water charges but that you are voting for the scrapping of water charges. It means you are voting for genuine investment in our public services. It means you are voting for a progressive taxation system and for the rights of ordinary workers.

“I will not go to Leinster House and join the consensus for cuts while the golden circles in high society are insulated from the impact of austerity.

“I will bring the issues of ordinary people from Carlow & Kilkenny to the floor of the Dáil and make sure that their voices are heard.

“As part of a strong Sinn Féin team, I will fight for a fair recovery and for the protection of the vital public services on which our communities depend.

“As a Sinn Féin TD, I will not be a nodding dog for the cosy club. I will not be a silent yes-woman.

“Make no mistake, as the eyes of Europe were on Greece back in January so will the eyes of Ireland be on Carlow & Kilkenny on May 22nd.

“By supporting Sinn Féin, this constituency can signal the end of a government that has caused so much hardship, poverty and grief.

“Electing another TD from the establishment parties will not make a blind bit of difference to lives of ordinary people here. They will go to the Dáil and they will be happy to get lost in the crowd. Either with their active support or through their indifference, they will rubber-stamp the type of decisions that have left families struggling to get by.

“We need a new era in Irish politics - an era in which the interests of ordinary people, not self-serving politicians, are put at the centre of the political process.

“The voters of this constituency can herald the beginning of this new era by voting for Sinn Féin at this by-election.

“Electing a Sinn Féin TD will be the first step in winning a brighter future for Carlow & Kilkenny.” 

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