County Wexford's five Sinn Féin local election candidates launched their plan for the coming County Council term last week. Speaking at the launch, local Sinn Féin representative Fionntán O' Súilleabháin said that the plan laid out his partys aspirations for the county.
"Sinn Féin is the only party that has consistently opposed the harsh austerity measures favoured by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour as well as offering realistic, progressive alternatives," Mr O' Súilleabháin said, "Attempts have been made to criticise our proposals but people are waking up, and its getting harder for the powers that be to criticise things that make common sense."
"When we proposed that the government invest €500 million into upgrading our antiquated water supply network, we were told that we were economic illiterates and asked where the money would come from. So far, Irish Water has managed to squander €2 Billion on staffing over a seven year period, and over €80 million on consultancy fees. We dont have to ask where the money is coming from. Its coming from you."
"What we are proposing in our plan for the county is a series of common sense projects that will enhance the lives of ordinary families across this region. The creation of a new heritage centre in North Wexford would boost tourism and showcase the natural beauty of our local area. The development of Rosslare Europort would bring larger freight and more traffic into the South East. The creation of a 1916 Revoluntionary Quarter in Enniscorthy would boost historical tourism, act as a educational aid and bring new revenue into that town."
"These policies make common sense and, with the right team on the new look county council, are attainable. The battle between austerity and recovery will be fought in the County Council and this plan shows what side we are on."