Leitrim County Councillor Martin Kenny has confirmed he is to seek a mandate from Sinn Féin to run in the upcoming Roscommon-South Leitrim by-election when the party holds its convention in the constituency next week.
“I am going forward to this convention because I believe that Sinn Féin, with a strong campaign and a strong candidate, can win this by-election,” he said. “I have been approached from people from both Leitrim and Roscommon who believe it is time to make a change and who want to see the Sinn Féin team in Leinster House strengthened by the election of a Sinn Féin TD in Roscommon-South Leitrim.
“I believe the people of Roscommon-South Leitrim want a strong outspoken voice to speak up for them to fill the seat vacated on the election of Luke Ming Flanagan to the EU parliament. It is likely that I will be the only candidate from South Leitrim and I would hope to secure a very large vote in Leitrim and to build on the Sinn Féin vote across Roscommon. The success of Sinn Féin across the country in recent elections reflects the growing strength of the party and this constituency now has the opportunity to elect a Sinn Féin TD.
“The people of Roscommon and South Leitrim deserve better than they are getting from this government. They deserve jobs, access to public services, clean drinking water, the ability to cut turf onn their own bogs and for famers to get a fair price for their produce.”
A date for the by-election has not yet been set, but is expected to be announced in the coming days. So far two Independent candidates have come forward; John McDermott of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee and Strokestown-based businessman Emmet Corcoran, while former Rocommon Co Councillor Tom Crosby is expected to formalise his intention to run by the weekend. Fianna Fáil selected Cllr Ivan Connaughton as its candidate at the party’s convention in July.