Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said the upcoming local government election in the north on May 2 is an opportunity to call time on the political vandalism of Brexit and on Tory/DUP cuts.
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s local government election manifesto in Ballymena this morning, the Sinn Féin leader said:
“At the minute Ireland North and South is a place of great change and uncertainty. The south is changing and the perpetual unionist majority in the north is gone. It is the job of political leaders to chart a peaceful and inclusive course through all of this.
“Brexit has added to uncertainty and instability. Under the Tory and DUP pact funding for health and public services isn’t even enough to stand still and now they seek to impose Brexit against the will of the people.
“This is an unprecedented act of political vandalism. This election is an opportunity to say time is up on Brexit, time is up on the DUP/Tory cuts.
“Sinn Féin is standing 400 candidates across the island in the local government elections, including 155 in the north.
“This is the time to stand up for the common good and shared interests; this is the time for inclusive local government and national leadership. For reconciliation and unity, not continued segregation and separation.
“There are those who believe they can hold back progress and change but they are wrong. Now is the time to look to the future and to look at the Ireland that is emerging and imagine your place in it.
“Sinn Féin is looking to the future; a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Ireland. That work starts in homes and workplaces and in councils.”