O'Grady to run for Sinn Féin in local elections
SINN Féin has confirmed the selection of Des O'Grady to contest the Blarney/Macroom Municipal Area in next summer's Local Election.
Mr O'Grady, who sought the nomination unapposed, previously stood for the party in Cork North West in the 2011 General Election polling some 3,400 first preference votes.
"This will be an extremely important local election next May. The people will have a chance to strike a blow against the regime of austerity, the consensus for cuts and the marginalisation of those struggling financially in our community," said Mr O'Grady.
"Local Government in this state has become dysfunctional due to the action of central government over the years. It has been stripped of powers and suffocated by a lack of funding. This has not only crippled local authorities and alienated communities but it has also had a major effect on the functioning of the Dail as TDs are forced to spend an inordinate amount of time on 'parish pump' politics neglecting their role as legislators.
"Local councils must play a bigger part in standing up to the coercive politics coming from this coalition. There is a dire need for Councillors who will reject a political agenda that is bailing out banks with one hand and decimating local services with the other.
"We believe local councils can be real vehicles for political change but that entirely depends on who is elected. I believe that I can be that voice for the people of the Blarney/Macroom Area," he concluded.