14 May 2009 Edition

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Transfer to candidates of the Left, says Sinn Féin by-election candidate

KEEP LEFT: Cllr Christy Burke, Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Sinn Féin Dublin South by-election candidate Shaun Tracey

KEEP LEFT: Cllr Christy Burke, Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Sinn Féin Dublin South by-election candidate Shaun Tracey

SINN FÉIN Dublin South by-election candidate Shaun Tracey  has  called on voters for his party to transfer Left after voting Sinn Féin Number 1.  He called on  the  electorate  to  not be star-struck by the arrival of former RTÉ Economics Editor George Lee into  the  contest but to look at the policies of the party for which he has declared, Fine Gael.
Shaun Tracey  said:
“The by-elections in Dublin, along with the local and European  elections  taking  place  throughout the state, provide a huge opportunity  to  deliver a hammer blow to the conservative politics that currently  dominate the political arena.  We must use these elections to help  bring  an  end  to  the  dominance of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael or tweedle dum and tweedle dee as they have aptly been described.”
He said it’s clear there  is  a  lot of anger out there with Fianna Fáil and that party can expect  a  hammering  at the polls.  But he urged voters to look beyond  Fine  Gael  as  their alternative.
“There is very little between these  two  parties  on policy terms.  Switching allegiance to Fine Gael simply  to  punish  Fianna  Fáil will do nothing to address our economic crisis.
“Voters should not be star-struck by the entrance of George Lee into the contest.   Rather  they should look at the record of the party for which he  has declared.  I  welcome  George into the race but I am extremely disappointed  that he has declared for Fine Gael, a party that offers no prospect of real change.
“Now  is  the  time to for a left-wing alternative, an alternative that seeks  to  protect  our most vulnerable citizens from the effects of the recession rather than targeting them to pay for it.
“Gerry Adams, in his speech  to  this year’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, proposed the formation of a political alternative of the Left, including Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the  trade union movement and community groups.  Accordingly, I am asking voters  for  my party in Dublin South to transfer left to Labour and any left-wing Independents that declare to stand.”

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