9/19/2005

Sinn Féin denies making approach to Ó hAilpín

Sinn Féin last night denied reports Cork All-Ireland hurling star Seán Óg Ó hAilpín had been approached by the party to run as a candidate in the forthcoming General Election.
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Sinn Féin last night denied any suggestion the party had tried to bring one of Ireland's best known sporting stars onboard.

"No I don't know anything about it and nobody down in Cork is aware of it. We're not aware of anything about it. It's not the way we do business. We usually tend to pick candidates from the community sphere," she said, adding that local councillor Jonathon O'Brien would likely emerge as the party's candidate after a scheduled convention in the coming weeks"

I find this story very hard to believe and suspect the Indo are just doing what they do best, making up stories. I am not saying Ó hAilpín wasn't approached by a political party but having read what he said it does not mention Sinn Féin. This sort of stuff has come up before with GAA stars like Joe Brolly and Peter Canavan being touted as Sinn Féin candidates.

That isn't the way we work people.

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