Liadh Ní Riada MEP backs Cllr Séamie Morris for Dáil seat
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada gave her support to Councillor Séamie Morris in his bid for election to the Dáil. Ní Riada was speaking after the Tipperary Sinn Féin selection convention in Cashel, where Morris was chosen as the party's candidate for the forthcoming general election.
Liadh Ní Riada said:
“Séamie is a fantastic public representative and has served the people of Tipperary well, on Nenagh Town Council, on North Tipp County Council, and in his present role as Sinn Féin leader on Tipperary County Council.
“I am delighted that the party locally has chose Séamie to be their candidate and I am proud to stand behind him and commend him to the people of Tipperary. He is a tireless worker and a principled politician. He is embedded within his community, an advocate for working people, for small farmers and for the unemployed. He is a republican in the truest sense of the word, and believes in fiarness, equality, respect and participation. He is of the people and for the people and will be a tremendous TD and an excellent champion for the people of Tipperary.”
Giving the keynote address at the convention Liadh Ní Riada said:
"The people of this state will go to the polls sometime in the next nine months.
"This will be the most important general election of our time. It will present the people with a huge opportunity to change the course of history by electing a government that puts people first and ends the two-tier mentality that has dominated our politics for decades.
"For too long this state has been ruled by the teedledum and tweedledee tag-team of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, with the Labour Party making the odd appearance to make up numbers and pretend that working class people might actually get a look in.
"Ireland needs a radical change. It needs a good shake up and it needs an alternative vision. Sinn Féin is winning support because we are confident in our belief that a new republic is obtainable, and a fair recovery is possible.
"Our opponents don't believe in a fair recovery, because for them recovery means the rich getting richer and the rest of us footing the bill.
"We know what our country needs and we demand a fair recovery. A recovery from economic crisis and austerity that guarantees equality for all our people; real investment in public services and housing, and a new way of doing politics.
"A Sinn Féin led Government will work day and night to ensure a fair recovery for all our people.”
"Councillors Martin Browne and Catherine Carey also contested the convention. Liadh Ní Riada thanked them on behalf of the party for putting themselves forward and for their continued hard work as public representatives. She also remarked on the strength and unity of the Sinn Féin team in Tipperary, not least amongst its County Council team."