23 October 2015
By Elaine Murphy
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described Cllr Rachel McCarthy as a “fantastic” and “determined” general election candidate who would do a great job representing the people of Cork South West.
She urged people living in the constituency to support Rachel’s campaign in any way they can, including joining canvassing teams.
Deputy McDonald was speaking at a Sinn Féin public meeting which was held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon earlier tonight.
“Cllr Rachel McCarthy is a fantastic candidate for the people of Cork South West. As Deputy Leader of the party, it is heartening to coming to meetings, such as the one we held in Bandon tonight, and listen to representatives of Rachel’s calibre articulating Sinn Féin’s vision for a fair recovery.
“Rachel cares deeply about her community and about the ordinary people of West Cork. It is from this trait that she draws her sense of fairness. She has clear political determination to represent people in way that is better to what they have previously experienced.
“These are attributes that are sorely lacking in the current government. The Labour Party in particular has fallen foul of an acute lack of political will. Rachel McCarthy has deep-rooted political principles that won’t simply disappear when she is elected as a TD for this constituency.
“We need more impressive women like Rachel elected to the Dáil. We need more republican woman going into Leinster House to bolster the work of dismantling the status quo.
“Rachel would make a fine addition to the Sinn Féin team in the Oireachtas.
“Sinn Féin wants a mandate to deliver on our vision. We want to deliver on behalf of ordinary citizens and not in the interests of the wealthy and privileged few.
“This means ending the marginalisation of rural Ireland and this government’s way of treating people who live in our towns and villages as second class citizens. It means directing resources to tackle the housing crisis and mortgage crisis in a way. It means delivering a healthcare system that is accessible to all regardless of income.
“We must elect Cllr Rachel McCarthy to make that vision a reality.
“I am urging people living in Cork South West, who share the aim of building a fairer, and more equal society, to get behind Rachel and her campaign. We need you out on the campaign trail and joining the canvassing teams. Do whatever you can to ensure that the opportunity to elect a Sinn Féin TD for this constituency is not missed.”