Over three hundred people attended the election launch of Sinn Féin candidate Martin Kenny in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, where main speaker, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was joined on the platform by Senator Kathryn Reilly who chaired the event and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Michael Colreavy TD and Michelle Gildernew.
The crowd were welcomed to Ballyconnell by local councillor Damien Brady while Deputies Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Michael Colreavy both spoke of the great ability of Martin Kenny as a candidate and his relentless commitment.
Cllr Martin Kenny spoke about the many issues facing the constituency including, employment for young people and low income levels, the total absence of rural broadband and rural crime creating fear among our older population.
On health services Cllr Kenny said, “The emergency departments in Cavan and Sligo hospitals are really under pressure with chronic overcrowding and are severely understaffed. The climbing numbers of patients on waiting lists for operations is a national scandal, as are the cuts to services to people with disabilities.”
Cllr Kenny said, “Farming in this area is losing money due to price fixing by the meat factories and excessive red tape by the Department who use every opportunity to penalise farmers. All of this has to change, as agriculture is the basis of most economic activity is these counties and Government must be a strong support for the industry and ensure fair play from the processors and supermarkets. Some banks continue to rip off mortgage holders while the Government protect them.”