first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has confirmed he intends to put his name forward to seek party approval to contest the forthcoming general election.Cllr Gary DohertyCllr Doherty’s decision means that, if successfully added to the party ticket, he will be Sinn Féin’s third candidate to contest the election for the newly formed constituency of Donegal.Deputies Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty having already been selected by party membership to seek re-election. Cllr Doherty said “I am truly honoured to today confirm – after a great deal of deep thought and personal reflection – that I have decided to put my name forward as a candidate before party convention to contest the impending general election for the newly formed Donegal constituency.”“My decision to seek election as Sinn Féin’s third candidate here in Donegal, a strategy which must first be approved by the party’s Ard Chomhairle, was one of the biggest decisions which I have ever had to make, however I feel that now is the right time to put my name forward.”“In fact, as the election has been drawing ever nearer and with momentum surrounding the vote building, I have been absolutely humbled and extremely heartened by the enthusiasm of party members, grass root supporters as well as ordinary members of the public who have been actively calling for my inclusion as a potential third candidate ever since the idea was first mooted by the party: with many believing that the time is now right for Sinn Féin to take a seat here in the Finn Valley.”“In terms of my candidacy and as someone who is from the Finn Valley Area, I very much feel that what I bring to the table is a candidate who fully understands and recognises the many issues which the people of this region are faced with and care deeply about.” “For far too long the Finn Valley has been neglected by successive governments and has been largely over looked and ignored in terms of inward invest and service provision.”“Infrastructure in the area, such as our archaic road network, is by far the poor relation when compared to other parts of the island, while the county as a whole remains one of the few without a rail link or single stretch of motorway.”“Notwithstanding these deficiencies, a severe shortage of local authority housing; a shameful lack of the most basic public services; the under resourcing of schools as well as a chronic lack of state supports for businesses and enterprise have all fuelled what has become the Finn Valley’s devastating cycle of decline.”“Most shockingly of all however has been the forced migration of our young people something which, as a young father myself, I have witnessed first-hand following the departure of many of my own close friends and relations in recent years. This is a reality which has been brought about by this current government’s austerity agenda – policies which by their very nature place the personal and private interests of the few above the needs of ordinary citizens.”“With all this in mind, I feel that now is the perfect time for a candidate to step forward and stand in complete defiance against the inept and self-serving politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour who together, and individually, have dominated public life here for too long.” “All of this, coupled with the huge support and encouragement which I have received from my party colleagues Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn as well as from the wider party membership, has resulted in my decision today to officially announce that I am now to go before party convention in the coming days to seek my inclusion to the Sinn Féin ticket, subject of course to Ard Chomhairle approval.”“Naturally, while I do not for one second underestimate the huge challenges which this election will bring for not only myself but also for my party colleagues Deputies Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty – both of whom having proved themselves to be extremely hard working and capable public representatives over the years – I am nonetheless very much looking forward to what I’m sure will be a hard fought and exciting contest.”DOHERTY TO CONTEST ELECTION FOR SINN FEIN was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYelectionSinn Feinlast_img

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