Last Friday night, October 18 Sinn Féin held the convention for the local electoral area of Ballinamore where three candidates were selected.
Cllr Martin Kenny and Maureen Martin who contested the last local election will be joined on the ticket by Brendan Barry from Drumshanbo.
The new Ballinamore area now includes Aughachasel, Drumcong, Drumshanbo and Ballinaglera in a six seat constituency.
The packed convention was held in Ballinamore Community Centre and was attended by members and supporters from across the area.
Eamon Nolan on behalf of the Election Dept pointed out that the new Ballinamore area has the largest Sinn Fein membership per head of population in the 26 counties and in previous electoral contests has consistently secured at least 10% above Sinn Féin’s national average.
Proceedings were chaired by Michael Colreavy TD.
Cllr Kenny was formally proposed by Sean Connelly, Carrigallen and Owen Carron, Ballinamore, Maureen Martin was proposed by Sean O’Suilleabháin, Ballinamore and Maura Mulvey, Aughnasheelin; Brendan Barry was proposed by Hugh James Gallagher, Drumshanbo and Dermot Keaney, Keshcarrigan.
Sinn Féin’s EU candidate Monaghan Cllr Matt Carthy also attended and addressed the convention, he called the present MEP’s “Yes people, too eagerly dancing to the tune of German policy makers.”
All three local candidates spoke about the harsh budget, emigration and the absence of employment opportunities. Austerity, the refusal of medical cards to those most in need and the setting up of Irish Water were all discussed. The candidates stated their commitment to winning a seat in the election next May.
Deputy Colreavy told the gathering that the three candidates will certainly shake up this local election and the system if they all get elected.