Clare’s first candidate for the upcoming General Election has been confirmed with the announcement of Noeleen Moran as the Sinn Féin candidate.
Ballyvaughan woman Moran was unanimously selected by forty Sinn Féin delegates at a party convention earlier on tonight at Treacys West County Hotel to contest the upcoming General Election for the party.
Moran stood for the Local Elections which took place in May of last year. The current county secretary of Sinn Féin was eliminated on the ninth count in the West Clare constituency after collecting 1023 first preference votes.
Noeleen was educated at Lisdoonvarna Secondary School and has worked in the tourism and agriculture industries for a period. She is a graduate of NUI Galway with a degree in Public and Social Policy and also attained a LLM from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. More recently she has been involved in the anti-water charge protests.
Speaking after the convention, Ms Moran expressed her delight at the announcement. “I am both proud and honoured to be selected to represent Sinn Féin in Clare. Locally, the party has been growing steadily and we are now in very good shape. We are in a very strong position to contest the General Election whenever it may come”.
The Sinn Féin candidate stated her desire to join the party in Leinster House. “It is time for change. There is a lot of work to be done to repair the damage that has already been inflicted on our local communities and services. Sinn Fein is up to the task of rebuilding and improving what the establishment parties have destroyed”.
“I want to go to the Dáil to join a dynamic Sinn Féin team that has put the protection of vital public services at the centre of the national political debate. We provide the progressive alternatives to the austerity policies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party. Sinn Féin will continue to fight for a fair recovery and a just society”.
Providing assistance to the start-up businesses and SME’s are top of Moran’s agenda. “The economic revitalisation of our towns and villages is an important part of any recovery. We need to provide the necessary supports to new start-up businesses and existing SMEs. This will help to create real jobs with decent pay and conditions so that we can end the scourge of emigration and encourage those who have left to come home again. These are the issues that I will place at the centre of my campaign to be elected as a Sinn Féin TD for Clare”.
Ireland’s next General Election has to take place no later than 3rd April 2016 with speculation suggesting that the thirty second Dáil will be elected towards the end of 2015. Sinn Féin had no candidate in the Clare constituency in the 2011 General Election, Anna Prior stood for the party in the 2007 Election but was eliminated on the second count.