18 January 2007 Edition
Jonathan O'Brien to stand in Cork North central
The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle last Saturday unanimously supported the nomination of Cork City Councillor Jonathan O’Brien as the Sinn Féin Candidate for Cork North Central in the forthcoming general election. O’Brien had previously expressed doubt about his ability to fill the role.
“Last autumn I informed the party that I might not be able to give 100% commitment to my role as candidate for Cork North Central in the forthcoming general election due to personal issues. I asked the party to consider other possible candidates for the role. My commitment to Cork North Central remained undiminished and I continued my work as a City Councillor”, O’Brien said.
“The party, while putting in place the mechanisms to find a replacement, agreed to give me some time to consider my position. The personal issues have since been resolved and I informed the Sinn Féin leadership that I am now in a position to give 100% commitment to my role as a candidate’, he said.
“I am humbled by the support given to me by the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle, but in particular I would like to thank all those Cork people, inside and outside the party, who encouraged me to remain as a candidate and offered me support to do so.
“Sinn Féin is now putting together an election team and I look forward to working with them to take a seat in the Cork North Central constituency. Cork North Central demands and deserves a radical voice who can articulate the many needs of the constituency. I believe Sinn Féin can provide that voice”, said the Cork Councillor.