Cllr Séamie Morris with jubilant Sinn Féin supporters after he was elected to contest the general election on behalf of the party at its selection convention in Cashel.

Morris to stand for sinn fin in general election

Cllr Séamie Morris has been selected to contest the next General Election for Sinn Féin in Tipperary. He was selected at a convention held in Halla na Féile in Cashel this evening.

The convention was also attended by Liadh Ní Riada MEP.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Morris said: “I am honoured to be standing for Sinn Féin in Tipperary at the next general election. It is an election at an auspicious time, shaping the political direction of this island for many years to come.

“I will go to the people of Tipperary with the message that there is a fairer way of managing our recovery, and that the people of rural Ireland deserve better representation.

“The interests of ordinary people of this county can no longer take a back seat to the interests of the political elites and the golden circles that have brought communities, town and villages throughout Tipperary, to the point of ruination.

“As your Sinn Féin candidate I will fight for communities that have lost their post offices, that have been marginalised for lack of infrastructural investment from this government and whose families have had to stand-by and watch as their young emigrate to look for work.

“The so-called recovery designed by this current government isn't for the benefit of the ordinary people of this constituency, or for the small farmers of Tipperary, or the increasing numbers of homeless in Tipperary's towns.

“The reality is that social fabric of  our communities has been ripped to shreds by the policies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party.

“In the Dáil I'll fight for a fair recovery, a better deal for rural Ireland and for the protection of our public services, for our bus routes, and for our treasured Lough Derg against the marauding greed of Uisce Éireann.

“Sinn Féin has a vision for a fairer Ireland and a new republic - one in which citizens have real rights that cannot be simply discarded at the whim of a detached government.

“I want to give the voters of Tipperary an opportunity to break with the past and move away from the parties that have so badly failed the people, and a proper working class alternative to the pretend-left of Labour's Alan Kelly.

“The people of Tipperary want real change. They want to see a fair recovery and an end to the marginalisation of rural Ireland.

“Sinn Féin will put our vision of a united, fair, and progressive Ireland to the people of Tipperary, and it is on that basis that we will win our seat in this county.”