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Fianna Fáíl party ‘up for fight' in Cork South West, says Margaret

February 9th, 2016 10:10 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

With Margaret Murphy O'Mahony at her campaign launch last weekend were Martin O'Leary, Patsy Coughlan, Pat Traynor and David Madden. (Photo: Denis Boyle)

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FIANNA Fáil’s only election candidate in Cork South West, Cllr Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, has vowed that the constituency ‘would never again be forgotten about’ if she was elected.

Addressing a large crowd of supporters gathered in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon, Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said ‘we have seen towns flooded, along with a two-tier society and there has been not even a ‘sniff’ of recovery here in Cork South West. 

‘This constituency is completely forgotten about,’ she said, after taking the stage to the music of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best.

‘This is the most important lap of this race and I’m ready, willing and able to serve Cork South West at a national level.’ 

Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central and spokesperson for health officially launched Cllr Murphy O’Mahony’s campaign and said this election ‘is the most important election that Fianna Fáíl will face in our generation.’

‘We have a vibrant candidate here in Margaret and we must send her to Dáil Eireann. She has been busy campaigning which takes a huge commitment and it’s up to us to bring an urgency to the campaign. 

‘But we must get out there and engage with people and listen to them,’ said Deputy Kelleher.

‘We have been shy over the last five years but we have nothing to apologise about. The outcome of this election is not inevitable and we must campaign in an active and aggressive way in Cork South West.’

Deirdre Kelly from Dunmanway said Fianna Fáil was ready to claim back the seat in Cork South West.

‘Margaret is a personable candidate and she even challenged three sitting TDs to a live debate and they refused,’ said Deirdre.

Senator Denis O’Donovan, in welcoming party supporters to the launch, said it would be a tough fight but that ‘the party on the ground will be up for a fight’.

‘Let no stone go unturned from Minane Bridge to west of Goleen, to get those votes for Fianna Fáíl,’ he said. 

‘It’s been 37 years since we had a Fianna Fáil candidate from this town in Dáíl Eireann and we want to change that,’ said Senator O’Donovan.

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