23 February 2015
By David O’Sullivan
Sinn Féin Councillor Rachel McCarthy has been selected to run for the
party at the next General Election in the constituency of Cork South
Councillor McCarthy was selected at a convention held at the
Clonakilty Hotel in West Cork over the weekend.
The Convention was also attended by Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Jonathan O’Brien TD.
Speaking after the event, Cllr McCarthy said;
“I am delighted to be standing for Sinn Féin at the next general
election. It will be an election that will shape the political
direction of this island for many years to come.
“I will go to the people of Cork South West with the message that
there is a fairer and better way of governing.
“The interests of ordinary people can no longer take a back seat to
the interests of the political elites and the golden circles that have
brought communities throughout this state to the point of ruination.
“There is much talk of a recovery. But who will the recovery, designed
by the establishment parties, actually benefit?
“WIll be it be the rural towns and villages of this constituency the
social fabric of which has been ripped to shreds by the policies of
Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party?
“Will that recovery be for communities that have lost their post
offices, been marginalised for lack of infrastructural investment from
this government and whose families have had to stand and watch as
their youngest and brightest emigrate to look for decent work?
“I don’t think the recovery designed by this current government will
be for the benefit of the ordinary people of this constituency or for
the small farmers of Cork South West who are been saddled with unfair
fines while trying to carve out a living.
“I will go to the Dáil to fight for a fair recovery and for the
protection of our public services.
“Sinn Féin has a vision for a fairer Ireland and a new republic – one
in which citizens have real rights that cannot be discarded at the
whim of a detached government.
“I want to give the voters of Cork South West an opportunity to break
with the past and move away from the parties that have so badly failed
“The people of Ireland want real change. They cannot bear anymore
hardship under austerity and want to end the unfair Household Tax and
Water Charges. Sinn Féin will put our vision of a united, fair,
prosperous and progressive Ireland to the people north and south. It
is on that basis that we hope to win support from the people of
Ireland and lead a government of real change.”