Mary Lou McDonald TD selected as Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Central in General Election

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald was selected last night by party colleagues to represent the constituency in the next general election.

Speaking at the convention which took place in the Gresham Hotel Trinity Suite, O’Connell Street the Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said:

I am hugely honoured to be selected this evening as the Sinn Féin candidate for the Dublin Central constituency.

I am very proud to represent our party and to represent the people of Dublin Central in the Dáil.

We came close to a Christmas election, while that won’t happen now, be under no illusion that an election could happen any time and so we must be prepared.

The so called new politics of FG-FF has been exposed as a cosy arrangement between two parties who believe that they and they alone have the right to govern, to decide, to run things.

They will pretend that the electorate faces a straight choice between Leo Varadkar or Micheál Martin.

The real question for the people in Dublin Central and beyond is whether they will tolerate the same old same politics of the past or whether they will opt for a new, energetic politics of change.

Gerry has lead our party for almost thirty five years through periods of upheaval and conflict through periods of great change and the challenge of brokering and building the Peace.

More than any other Gerry Adams has driven the growth and success of Sinn Féin and Republican politics across Ireland.

There is only one Gerry A – unique, exceptional, inspirational.

Plans for a change of party leader were set out at our recent Ard Fheis and again on Saturday by our party’s Ard Chomhairle.

Gerry is standing down and the process to elect a new leader is now underway.

This evening I wish to formally confirm that I will seek nomination for election to the position of Uachtarán Sinn Féin.

The leader of Sinn Féin will be elected at a special Ard Fheis, by vote of our membership.

An open, democratic process, no coronations or anointments involved.

Over the coming period I will ask Sinn Féin members to back me as their new leader.

I will set out my vision, plans and priorities for our party.

I will listen too.

It has always been my experience that the membership of our party has the wisdom to guide leadership in times of change.” ENDS