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You will know that Sinn Féin stands up for equality, for rights and for Irish unity. You will know, too, Sinn Féin is resolutely opposed to Brexit, to borders and to Tory cuts. The result of the local Council election on Thursday 2nd May will shape politics in the time ahead. Sinn Féin are standing 23 candidates in Fermanagh Omagh who are part of a 400 strong team of Sinn Féin Council candidates across Ireland. A truly national all Ireland team. The result of the last Assembly election removed the Unionist majority in the North for the first time in our history. Just 1,168 votes separated Sinn Féin and the DUP.
This election is another opportunity to reject Theresa May and her local allies in the DUP who want to hold society back. The people of Fermanagh and Tyrone stood up in recent elections and voted for Sinn Féin in their thousands – we need you to stand up again! I am appealing to you to vote for your local Sinn Féin candidate on Thursday 2nd May. Vote against Brexit, Vote against British Tory Government cuts and Vote for a United Ireland.
Vótáíl Sinn Féin
- Statement by West Tyrone MP, Órfhlaith Begley.
The local elections on Thursday 2nd May is an opportunity to take another major advance in the struggle for equality, rights and Irish unity. An enhanced Sinn Féin vote will strengthen the demand for political institutions based on genuine powersharing and which treat all citizens equally. That was the bar set by my father when he resigned as Deputy First Minister.
He was adamant that there had to be an end to the disrespect and discrimination if Stormont was to be sustainable. He knew that equality and reconciliation are required if we are to move forward as a society. That was true then and it is still true now. But my father also knew that the key to achieving this – and the key to achieving Irish unity – is the continuing growth of Sinn Féin across all 32 counties. Fermanagh and Tyrone have always played a key role in this growth, going from strength to strength in this council area. In this local election, we have to build on that once more because, in a period of political upheaval, every vote and every election is crucial.
My father may be gone but the bar he set is still there. And when I look around at the calibre of leadership and activists in Sinn Féin, people like your fantastic 23 candidates, I know we will get there. And I know that my father would be so, so proud. We face many challenges in the time ahead, not least Brexit and austerity cuts imposed by the Tories. However, a better future is possible. A different Ireland, a new Ireland can be built. On May 2nd, get out there and demand it. Vote for equality, rights and Irish unity – Vótáil Sinn Féin.
Is mise, \Fiachra McGuinness
Like Nelson Mandela, Martin knew that equality and reconciliation are required if we are to move forward as a society.
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