Sinn Féin’s Cllr Martin Kenny and Labour’s Senator John Kelly have been officially selected to contest the Roscommon-South Leitrim bye-election expected next month.
Both parties held their conventions on Monday evening, September 8 in Co Roscommon.
Sinn Féin Party leader Gerry Adams along with MEP Matt Carthy and Deputy Pearse Doherty TD, Director of Elections attended the SF convention which selected Ballinamore’s experienced politician Martin Kenny.
Kenny said a government that is not led by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil is now becoming possible. He stated, “Crucial decisions will be made in the Dáil between now and the next general election. Roscommon and South Leitrim does not need another government TD and we certainly don’t need another Fianna Fáil TD in the Dáil.”
Cllr Kenny said we need a TD “who will stand up for the people. A TD who will work for the abolition of the property tax and oppose water charges. A TD who will vote against any budget which puts the burden of taxes and charges on the backs of ordinary people or cuts essential public services. A TD who to will vote against measures which take money out of the local economy. Someone who will stand up for rural Ireland against the establishment... I want to be that TD.’’
Senator Kelly was selected unopposed at the party’s selection convention, attended by Tánaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton. Kelly said that this was a winnable bye-election for the Labour Party, and he would be asking the people to back the economic recovery with the new emphasis on social repair that the new Labour leader is spearheading.
He commented, “There are real and positive signs that the economy is picking up, but I want to see more job creation and investment in Roscommon-South Leitrim so that local people can start to feel the recovery in their pockets. It is not enough to talk about recovery – people must benefit from it.”
“I will work to ensure that the recovery trickles down to the people of rural Ireland. We need to look after the struggling farmers in rural Ireland who are not getting a fair price for their beef.
“I believe we could appoint an independent regulator, not to regulate to the price of beef, but to regulate the conditions that are bringing down the price of beef, at the moment, it is the beef barons who are deciding these conditions.”
Tánaiste Joan Burton said, “John has been an excellent public representative in Roscommon for many years, and is embedded in the local area.”