‘We will use increased mandate to deliver for all’ – Sinn Féin
He was commenting after he and his colleagues Megan Fearon and Cathal Boylan created history by not only being re-elected, but by securing Sinn Féin’s highest poll ever in the constituency, 26,207 first preference votes,
“Now we have a job of work to do to restore public confidence in the institutions, to deal with the outstanding issues,” said the successful candidate.
“We said that what we win in this election we win for all. We don’t need a new agreement – what we need is implementation of what is outstanding from previous agreements. We know we have a task ahead of us now but the Sinn Féin team are up for it.”
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His colleague Megan Fearon said, “We have had a brilliant result here in Newry & Armagh and I want to thank everyone who voted for us. We value and respect your support. Our vote surged 7.4% taking 49% of the vote to ensure that we defied all expectations and kept our three MLAs.”
Cathal Boylan, who has represented Newry & Armagh as a Sinn Féin MLA since 2007, said, “I want to thank all those activists who worked tirelessly to ensure that Sinn Féin’s mandate has been enhanced and strengthened by the electorate here in Newry & Armagh.”
Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill thanked everyone who played a role in Sinn Fein’s historic Assembly election results. “In this election the public responded positively to Sinn Féin’s message of equality, integrity and respect and returned us with a strengthened mandate and stronger republican representation in the Assembly.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for Sinn Féin, all of our candidates and everyone who worked so hard for this result. We will use our increased mandate to deliver for everyone in our society to ensure we have equality, integrity and respect at the core of the political process.
“We will continue to oppose Tory austerity and campaign for designated special status for the north in the EU. Sinn Féin is ready to enter negotiations on those principles and we want to see those negotiations start as soon as possible,” she added.
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