Sunday 24 September 2017

Former Fianna Fail TD Chris Andrews to run for Sinn Fein in General Election

Chris Andrews in the RDS count centre in Dublin. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Chris Andrews in the RDS count centre in Dublin. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

FORMER Fianna Fail Dail Deputy, Cllr. Chris Andrews, will run for Sinn Fein in the Dublin Bay South constituency in the general election.

He was selected at a Sinn Fein party convention in Dublin.

Cllr Andrews is the grandson of Todd Andrews, a leading member of Fianna Fail during its early years.

His father Niall Andrews, and his uncle David Andrews, both served as Fianna Fail TDs, while his first cousin, Barry Andrews, was elected a TD at the 2002 general election.

He is a cousin of both the well-known comedian David McSavage, and broadcaster Ryan Tubridy.

He served as a Fianna Fail TD for the Dublin South–East constituency from 2007 to 2011.

In 2007 he topped the poll with 6,600 first preferences - but lost his seat in the 2011 general election.

In August 2012 Andrews resigned from Fianna Fail, and in September 2013, joined Sinn Fein.

At the time he claimed he was disillusioned with the lack of direction of Fianna Fail and the party leadership.

He was subsequently elected to Dublin City Council as an SF member in May 2014.

Accepting the nomination to contest the next election he said it is ''a massive honour to run again for the party.”

He said this follows on from the Sinn Fein success in the May local elections.

He is was equally honoured to represent the party in the communities that make up the Dublin Bay South constituency for the next General Election.

“Citizens and communities across the State have suffered massively as a result of the policies implemented by the Fine Gael/Labour government.

''This government promised a fair recovery but has instead presided over deepening inequality and unfairness,'' he said.

"We in Sinn Fein want to put money back into people’s pockets and we will work to create jobs for everyone. We hope to stem the tide of youth emigration and create a climate of fair work for fair pay.

''We will defend public services and prioritise the delivery of social housing. We have also given a hard and fast commitment to abolish the property tax and water charges - measures that will benefit every single household across the constituency, from Ringsend to Rathgar,'' he added.

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