Thursday 20 October 2016

Creighton plays Sinn Féin card in battle with FG's O'Connell

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Frank McGrath
Lucinda Creighton. Photo: Frank McGrath
Creighton leaflet that backs Enda Kenny

Lucinda Creighton is playing the Sinn Féin card as she seeks to fend off the challenge of Fine Gael's Kate O'Connell.

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Ms Creighton is up against Fine Gael, the Labour Party and Fianna Fáil for the last two seats in Dublin Bay South.

But, in a new leaflet distributed last night, the Renua leader mysteriously claims: "Various polls suggest I am in a direct battle with Sinn Féin for the last seat."

The only official poll published in the constituency was in the Irish Independent, which did not show her in a direct battle with Sinn Féin.

The Millward Brown poll showed Fine Gael has Ms Creighton's Dáil seat in their sights. Fine Gael sources laughed at Ms Creighton's claim, describing it as "desperate stuff".

"I didn't realise Slab Murphy was standing in Dublin Bay South," a source said.

Ms Creighton does not identify the "various polls" she is citing.

She is in a do-or-die battle with three other candidates for the final two seats in the constituency.

However, the poll showed Sinn Féin's Chris Andrews well ahead of this quartet.

Fine Gael's Eoghan Murphy is leading the race on 20pc, followed by Mr Andrews, the former Fianna Fáil TD, on 17pc.

Ms Creighton is then on 13pc alongside Labour Party minister Kevin Humphreys, while Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan is on 11pc and Ms O'Connell is on 10pc.

In another leaflet Ms Creighton sent to her constituents, she categorically states Enda Kenny will be the next Taoiseach.

The former Fine Gael minister, who has a fractious relationship with the outgoing Taoiseach, delivered the message to thousands of homes.

It reminds voters of her work as a Fine Gael councillor and minister.

"Enda Kenny will be the next Taoiseach, but what type of government do you want to serve with him?" she asks.

Ms Creighton adds that she can be "a watchdog in government" with Mr Kenny "to provide security for the elderly, reduce income taxes, and fight against political cronyism".

She has previously said Fine Gael is actively pouring money into its candidates Ms Murphy and Ms O'Connell in an effort to unseat her.

As she awaits the outcome of a complaint to the State's ethics watchdog about her legal fees, Ms Creighton is being challenged by Ms O'Connell to publish the costs to prove she did not breach any rules.

Irish Independent

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