6 February 1997 Edition
Back issue: FIGHTING STAND
Sinn Féin election candidates announced
THE nomination of Sinn Féin candidates in the 26-County election for the first time in 20 years gives a clear opportunity for another true declaration of Irish nationalism which was made so forcibly last June in the vote for the H-Block candidates.
By standing candidates in this election in the South, Sinn Féin - the only republican party - is complementing the republican fight in the North.
On Wednesday 3 February, five candidates were announced for five constituencies, with the possibility of more nominations later.
So far, named candidates are: Séamus McElwain, a republican prisoner (Cavan/Monaghan); Dublin Sinn Féin Community Officer Christy Burke (Dublin Central); County Councillor Fra Browne (Louth); County Councillor John Joe McGirl (Sligo/Leitrim); and Local Councillor Seán Doyle (Wexford).
Primarily, a vote for Sinn Féin is a demand for British withdrawal, it is a declaration of support for the republican struggle to secure that withdrawal and an end to partition, it is a renewed pledge to the political prisoners, it is a loud expression of disgust at the determined collaboration with Britain by successive Free State governments.
But Sinn Féin, through the national struggle, is also evolving into an re-invigorated radical movement, developing a clear view of its ultimate aim of a united socialist republic. Sinn Féin rejects the bonds of imperialism and native capitalism.