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Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy confirms he will run in election

The father of five aims to run in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency.

Matt Carthy with party leader Mary Lou McDonald (PA)
Matt Carthy with party leader Mary Lou McDonald (PA)

By Aoife Moore, PA

Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy has confirmed he will run in the expected General Election.

The Monaghan father of five said on Tuesday he would be seeking the nomination for the Cavan-Monaghan constituency if Taoiseach Leo Varadkar calls the election for February 8, as expected.

Mr Carthy’s name will go before a reconvened constituency convention to take place on Thursday evening in the Hotel Errigal, Cootehill.

Mr Carthy, who was re-elected to the European Parliament last May, will be vying for the seat vacated by Sinn Fein colleague Caoimhghin O Caolain, who confirmed last year
he would not stand again.

The party will be putting forward two candidates for the four-seat Cavan-Monaghan constituency, with Pauline Tully expected to run alongside Mr Carthy.

“Caoimhghin O Caolain has been an outstanding representative for Cavan-Monaghan and a pivotal and important leader within Sinn Fein, especially since his election to the Dail in 1997,” Mr Carthy said.

“In the first instance I want to ensure that his legacy of hard work and dedication to the people of this constituency is maintained following his planned retirement from elected office.

“I also believe that further delivery for these counties requires strengthened republican representation in Leinster House and that requires two Sinn Fein TDs to be returned.

“I am hopeful that this Thursday Sinn Fein members will re-affirm their decision to allow Pauline and I to contest the General Election.

I want to be one of two Sinn Fein TDs, alongside Pauline Tully, representing the great communities of Cavan-Monaghan and North Meath, and I will leave no stone unturned in that bid Matt Carthy

“I am a proud Monaghan man – I can think of no greater honour than to be elected to the Dail by the people of my home constituency.

“Monaghan is a great county, but we have been let down by successive Fianna Fail and Fine Gael governments.

“Those parties have failed miserably; they have decimated our hospital and local health services, they have refused to provide the necessary investment in jobs and infrastructure and they have allowed our families to struggle while they play their games in the Dail without adopting the policies necessary to address the crises they have created in our public services and in rural communities.

“I want to be one of two Sinn Fein TDs, alongside Pauline Tully, representing the great communities of Cavan-Monaghan and North Meath, and I will leave no stone unturned in that bid.

“From my period as a councillor, as a MEP and as a community activist I believe I have proven myself to be a hard worker with the experience, energy and commitment that will allow the voters of Cavan-Monaghan to entrust me with the mandate to now represent them in Leinster House”.

Ms Tully, a history teacher, who has more than 13 years’ experience as a local councillor for the party, is the former wife of convicted garda killer, Pearse McAuley.

Ms Tully, who has two children, was attacked by her former husband with a steak knife at her home on Christmas Eve 2014.

She has previously said that Sinn Fein have given her their full support regarding her family commitments.

Party president Mary Lou McDonald appointed Donegal TD Pearse Doherty as Sinn Fein’s director of elections on Tuesday.

The Cavan-Monaghan constituency’s three other seats are filled by two Fianna Fai TDs and Fine Gael’s Minister for Business Heather Humphries.

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