Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has spoken of the importance of the general election for the constituency of Donegal, as a third Sinn Féin candidate, Gary Doherty, is selected.

Addressing the selection convention, Ms Anderson said,

“It’s only by us taking time to recognise the journey we’ve travelled that we can today appreciate the magnitude of the threshold on which we now stand.

“As Republicans, as Democrats, as Socialists, as Progressives, as Irish Citizens, north and south, we have changed the face of Irish history. From conflict to politics, from discrimination to progress, from isolation to inclusion.

“For too long, Donegal’s past has been dominated by conservative parties.

They have managed the neglect of this county.

“Their catalogue of chaos is unending – some of the highest unemployment and emigration rates in the country, poor healthcare provision underwritten by a privatisation agenda and failure to deliver serious rail and road infrastructure.

“The list goes on, and on, and on. Small towns across this county have been decimated by the scourge of neglect and inequality and emigration.

“This election is about farming and fishing families in this great county; about corner shops and small business; and about redressing decades of social unfairness and economic injustice.

“This election will be a chance to make history for Donegal, for Sinn Féin and is another chance to make real change.” ENDS