Sinn Féin selects Fearon, Boylan and Murphy to stand in Assembly Election

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
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Megan Fearon, Cathal Boylan and Conor Murphy have been confirmed as Sinn Féin’s Newry & Armagh candidates for the forthcoming Assembly Elections on Thursday 2nd March 2017.
Conor Murphy, Megan Fearon and Cathal Boylan

Conor Murphy, Megan Fearon and Cathal Boylan

At the recent Election Convention the three sitting MLAs received the full support of the large crowd of activists present. The three selected candidates thanked those present for their ongoing support and urged all to get involved in the forthcoming crucial election campaign. Megan Fearon told those present, “On the 2nd March a vote for myself and my Sinn Féin colleagues is a vote for Equality, Change, Respect, Unity and Leadership. Sinn Féin have called time on the arrogance of the DUP and their behaviour in these institutions. We have done so because we can no longer accept how the public and these institutions have been treated with contempt. “Whilst we in Sinn Féin and Martin McGuinness have stretched ourselves to the very limit to try and keep these institutions working unfortunately the behaviour of the DUP, the actions of the British government and the inaction of the Irish government has let us all down,” she insisted. “The people will have the opportunity to draw a line under the DUP’s arrogance and their contempt for the Irish language community and Irish identity, for our LGBT community, ethnic minorities and women. The political institutions have to deliver for all citizens on the basis of equality and respect and there can be no return to the status quo.” Her colleague Cathal Boylan said, “It’s not about Orange and Green, this is about right and wrong – forget old enmities, this is a chance to secure new equalities. Equality and respect must be at the heart of the political institutions at Stormont. “The public is outraged by the incompetence and mishandling of the Renewable Heating Incentive scheme, the allegations of corruption and the potential loss of hundreds of millions of pounds to the public purse.
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jan-2017“However, the election goes beyond simply being a referendum on the series of scandals involving the DUP including RHI, NAMA and Red Sky, disastrous as they have been to public confidence. “The British government has failed to honour its agreements on an Irish Language Act, on a Bill of Rights and on legacy and have allowed the DUP to block basic equality provisions for citizens in the north. The Irish government, a co-guarantor of the agreements has acted as a bystander and failed to hold the British government to account.” Conor Murphy stated, “We in Sinn Féin are not prepared to confer legitimacy upon political institutions which are being undermined. The process and principles of the Good Friday Agreement cannot be set to the side at the whim of the DUP. He added, “Powersharing is based on equality, rights and respect and that cannot be corrupted, nor can those involved in government be associated with corruption. These are basic and fundamental principles without which no Executive will be formed.”
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