Sinn Féin is launching Councillor Martin Kenny’s campaign to win a Dáil seat in the next election on Friday, 22 January at 7pm in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell.
The main speaker at the event will be Martin McGuinness MLA, who will be joined by Caoimhghín O Caoláin TD along with Senator Kathryn Reilly and a host of other elected representatives.
Sinn Féin is running two candidates in the constituency, with Chris MacManus based in Sligo and Martin Kenny based in Leitrim and of course the new constituency of Sligo-Leitrim includes part of South Donegal and a large area of West Cavan with over 10,000 voters.
The party has grown steadily in recent years across this region and Sinn Féin has councillors in all local areas and all indications are that this growth will continue. Cllr Kenny has been a candidate in previous general elections in Roscommon-South Leitrim and received a very large vote in the By-Election in 2014.
Cllr Kenny said, “I am delighted that Martin McGuinness is performing the launch of my election campaign, he is an iconic figure who has achieved so much success building political strength for Sinn Féin and advancing the process toward peace and Irish Unity.
“The fact we are having a general election on this historic year is an opportunity for Ireland to move beyond the obstacles of past failures and once again put the vision of the 1916 leaders into the centre of Government.
“A Sinn Féin led progressive Government would build a fair recovery, would invest in public services and would progress the cause of Irish Unity.
“Fine Gael and Labour talk of stability and chaos. The truth is they have delivered chaos in hospitals, chaos in housing and chaos in communities over the past 5 years.
“They are fooling no one with their new found concern for healthcare, for housing, for the low paid. They are not promising stability; they are promising more of the same. I want to represent the people of this constituency, the majority of whom have not experienced any real recovery.
“I want to be a TD to progress Sinn Féin’s policy to invest in health and in housing and in broadband and in real employment opportunities for the people of this constituency.
“The elite and the well-connected are the only ones benefiting from this Government and it is past time to end the party for the boys at the top and ensure that people who work hard every day and still struggle to survive are properly represented.
“On Friday, 22 January we will launch the campaign in the Slieve Russell and all across Leitrim and West Cavan we will commence the work of convincing the electorate to trust us with their votes. It will be a huge task, but I am determined to meet and canvas as many people as possible in every parish and town in the constituency.
“If successful within a few weeks I will be in the Dáil standing up for the rights of the ordinary people and demanding fair play,” Cllr Kenny concluded.