Sinn Fein Choose Candidate From Crumlin

Louise O'Reilly, Sinn FeinnLouise O'Reilly, Sinn Feinn

Sinn Fein have chosen a candidate from outside the constituency to stand for the party in the next general election. Louise O’Reilly, who hails from Crumlin, was selected at the party selection conference at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords on Thursday last. She is a full-time Siptu activist for the past 10 years.
Many local voters will be surprised that somebody, who is not a local resident has been selected. Some local politicians have privately told this newspaper that it will take O’Reilly quite some time to come to an understanding of the different issues that affect the local towns of North County Dublin. Some have interpreted this as arrogance by the party. The County Leader spoke with the new candidate on selection night, and she revealed that geography would not be an issue for her in representing the North County electorate.
When asked if she would serve a stint on Fingal County Council at the expense of one of her party colleagues, in order to familiarise herself with the area, she emphatically denied that such a move was planned. She said, “I haven’t heard anything about such a plan. I’m a full-time organiser with Siptu and I represent people the length and breadth of the country. For example, I don’t have to live in Cork to represent the people in UCC, but I still manage to represent them very effectively.”
She continued, “I’m happy that I will be able to represent the people of the North County and I have already had lengthy discussion with our local councillors and my post code is not going to be an issue for me. People just want to know that I will be able to represent them fully, and that is my priority,” she said.