PUBLISHED IN THE CLARE PEOPLE, MARCH 24, 2015.
The 2016 General Election campaign got underway in earnest last night with the fist official candidate entering the election race.
Ballyvaughan woman, Noeleen Moran, was chosen as the Sinn Féin candidate at last night’s party selection conference in Ennis.
Ms Moran, who was a virtual unknown before standing in last year’s local election, came within a whisker of taking a seat on Clare County Council – winning an impressive 1,023 first preference votes.
While a number of people, such as Michael McDonagh (FF) and Gerry Flynn (IND), have put themselves forward as possible candidate – the North Clare woman is the first fully ratified candidate to enter the field.
The Ballyvaughan woman will hope to capitalise on a recent lack of candidates in the North Clare area – which was virtually uncontested in the last General Election. With Ennistymon Senator Martin Conway (FG) also almost certain to run, either as a Fine Gael or Renua candidate, the Burren area could suddenly become very crowded during next years poll.
“I am both proud and honoured to be selected to represent Sinn Féin in Clare. The party has been growing steadily and we are now in very good shape and in a very strong position to contest the General Election whenever it may come,” she told The Clare People last night.
“That is thanks to the dedication and hard work of our members and supporters who are growing in number by the day. The people of Clare have been subjected to years of austerity under the reign of our current government representatives. It is time for change.
“There is a job of work to be done to repair the damage that has already been done to our local communities and services but Sinn Féin is ready and we will provide the alternatives to austerity policies for the people of Clare.”
Noeleen will also host a public meeting on Fanore on April 2 to speak with local people about a number of issues including the controversial fish farm proposed to be built just off the Clare coast.
The meeting will be addressed by Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Pat McCarthy of the United Farmers Association (UFA) and Enda Connolly from the ‘No To Galway Bay Fish Farm’ campaign.