Speaking after being elected unanimously to represent Sinn Féin in New Ross, Mr O' Connell said;
"The New Ross district has been crippled by the austerity policies of this government and their predecessors. Unemployment is rampant and communities have been purged of their young people, who through no fault of their own have been forced to emigrate to find work. A change of direction is long overdue."
"Sinn Féin have stood against the policies of austerity from the beginning. We have offered fully costed, solid alternatives which have been ignored by the very people who got us into this economic mess. As a Sinn Féin candidate, I pledge to push for stimulus and job creation in South Wexford and to oppose the failed plan of cuts, cuts and more cuts which has clearly not delivered economic recovery."