Sinn Féin set to up the ante in local elections

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Sinn FŽin TD Maurice Quinlivan (second from right) with the party's Limerick Metropolitan area local election candidates John Nugent, Cllr SŽighin î Ceallaigh, Sharon Benson, Cllr Malachy McCreesh and Cllr John Costelloe.

SINN Féin have selected five candidates to run in the Limerick Metropolitan Area in the 2019 local elections.

The convention, held in the Horse and Hound Pub, was chaired by Clare councillor and General Election candidate Mike McKee, and addressed by Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan.

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In City North first-time candidates Sharon Benson (Caherdavin) and John Nugent (Garryowen) will run alongside Cllr John Costelloe. Cllr Malachy McCreesh will be the candidate for City West, with Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh running in City East.

“We are delighted to be running more candidates than ever in the Limerick Metropolitan Area, and I am confident we can get all five candidates chosen here tonight elected,” said Deputy Quinlivan.

“We want to see a strong team of Sinn Féin councillors, from both Limerick City and County represented on the Council, who have the ability and ambition to tackle the housing crisis and who will continue to advocate for Limerick as the best place live and to do business in the West.”

Quinlivan said the decision to increase the number of candidates in the city represents their firm belief that “Limerick voters want a change from the same old politics of Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael and Labour, and a desire for a party who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo”.

“I am confident these candidates will deliver this, and I look forward to a new Council being made up of more Sinn Féin councillors than ever before,” he concluded.