3 June 2004 Edition

Making breakthroughs in the East

3 June 2004

Sinn Féin can expect to do very well in the local elections in John Dwyer's East EU constituency, according to party representatives throughout the eleven counties. The party is standing 69 candidates for 81 seats and opinion polls are showing them at high percentages. Free article

Armagh Mayor visits Wexford

3 June 2004

The Mayor of Armagh City, Sinn Féin Councillor Pat O'Rawe, paid an extended visit to County Wexford last weekend. Cllr O'Rawe, the first female Assembly member in her constituency and the first ever Sinn Féin Mayor of Armagh, met with a wide variety of local community groups in Wexford, Rosslare, Gorey, Enniscorthy and New Ross. Free article

McCauley raising party profile in Kildare

3 June 2004

Cristín McCauley, the wife of Martin McCauley -who is still being held in a Colombian Jail despite having being declared innocent last month of training Farc guerrillas - is standing as the Sinn Féin candidate for Naas Town Council and Kildare County Council. Kildare has traditionally been a weak spot for Sinn Féin, but Cristín and sitting Councillor Paddy Wright (Athy Town Council) are hoping to build the party in the county. Free article

Pre-poll nuptials for Sharkey

3 June 2004

Carlingford candidate for Louth County Council, Tomás Sharkey is pictured with his wife Caroline last Friday. Even a busy election campaign couldn't keep the pair from exchanging vows. Louth candidates have been busy adding to the republican family for the last few weeks. Dundalk candidate Kevin Meenan's partner gave birth to a baby girl, Caitlin, last week. In the last addition, An Phoblacht carried a photo of Tom Cunningham and his partner Sinéad's new baby. We have to ask, is there any canvassing being done in Louth this month? Free article

When North meets South

3 June 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will be visiting parts of the East and South constituencies on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June. On Thursday, Adams will meet with Wicklow local election candidates at Loughlinstown Hospital, before heading to Gorey Community School in Wexford, where he will meet the younger residents of the area. Health and education are two of the major issues in the South East, and the Sinn Féin President will be meeting people who have been most affected by the government's failure to provide in both these areas. Free article

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Surprises in store in the South

3 June 2004

Munster Cúige PRO Frank O'Neill sums it up when he says: "In the last local election we ended up with 58 councillors throughout the 26 Counties. In this area alone we are running 57 candidates for 67 seats, and the majority of our candidates are in with an excellent chance." Free article

50 years in the waiting

3 June 2004

Maurice Quinlivan is optimistic about his chances in Limerick City Council. Sinn Féin hasn't had a councillor in the county for over 50 years, but according to all sources this will be the year that brings the dry spell to an end. Free article

An old head on young shoulders

3 June 2004

Roisín O'Sullivan has an added bonus for her publicity campaign in these local elections. She has just turned 19 and is the youngest candidate in the party and one of the youngest candidates in the whole country. Free article

Springfield residents offer initiative to Orange Order

3 June 2004

An initiative offered by nationalist residents of the Springfield Road in West Belfast to allow an Orange Order march along the interface on 26 June has been given the cold shoulder by leading Ulster Unionist Councillor Chris McGimpsey (above), who is also a member of the Orange Order. Free article

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