Independent candidate for the upcoming Roscommon South Leitrim bye-election Tom Crosby has said he is “greatly disappointed” to see Fianna Fail candidate Ivan Connaughton announce on RTE’s This Week in Politics programme that he is aiming to prioritise the issue of decentralisation “and giving the clear impression to the people of his region that it was his job creation idea rather than supporting my call which was very clear in previous media articles and radio broadcasts that it was my first priority if elected”.
The former mayor had clearly stated in previous interviews, calling on Government candidate Fine Gael Maura Hopkins and Labour John Kelly to back his original “new common sense approach to Decentralisation for Rural Ireland”.
“Cllr Connaughton’s announcement came shortly after he brought 12 of his party colleagues including former Minister Eamon O’Cuiv to canvass my local area in Whitehall Tarmonbarry where Mr O’Cuiv examined my literature and supported it greatly,” said Tom Crosby.
“I understand that a decision was taken to support my Jobs Plan on a new approach to decentralise at the Fianna Fail annual meeting for the pre-return of Dail and Seanad think in. which took place place in The Abbey Hotel on September 15th and 16th last,” he said.
“I now call on Cllr. Connaughton to correct the record and confirm he is supporting my call for decentralisation in order to bring much needed jobs to the villages and towns throughout Roscommon and Leitrim which has much to offer in terms of tourism and enterprise to both the people of today and the future of tomorrow.
“I also now repeat my calls to the Government Candidates in the By-Election Fine Gael’s Maura Hopkins and Labour’s John Kelly to make a statement in support my Decentralisation proposal Counties Roscommon and Leitrim,” the Roscommon/South Leitrim Bye-Election Candidate told the Leitrim Observer earlier this week.