And they're off

I see that the General Election in the 26 counties has got into full swing with election day set for the 24th May.

Sinn Féin will be standing 42 candidates in 41 constituencies.

I don't quite understand why our comrades in Dublin South are putting up two candidates in the form of Sorcha Nic Cormac and Shaun Tracey when our vote share in the last election was 3.93% in Dublin South.

We should be challenging for a second seat in Cavan/Monaghan, yet we don't have a second candidate there. Topping the poll is not important, increasing our number of TD's is.

The party seems to be embracing new technology (no jokes please) with quite a few videos on YouTube.

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said,

"Sinn Féin's team of TDs has been honoured to serve our constituents over the past five years and we are seeking a renewed mandate in the forthcoming General Election.

We are confident of receiving that renewed and strengthened mandate and are preparing for the election of a significant number of additional Sinn Féin TDs."

"Our aim is for our party to be in Government North and South and ultimately for Sinn Féin to be part of an all-Ireland government. This is about changing Ireland; it is not about political careers."

"Our priority going into the General Election and in the next Dáil is the provision of premium public services on the basis of fair and equal access for all.

This is especially needed in healthcare and housing where the Fianna Fáil/PD government has, for the past decade, failed miserably to use economic prosperity to ensure that all our people have access to the best healthcare and to decent housing.

Instead they have left housing provision to the developer-driven market and are in the process of privatising our health services."

I firmly believe that we will make significant gains in this election however we will not know how significant until the vote is taken.

In my opinion the "Alternative Coalition" AKA Blue Shirts and Stickies will not form a government.

I also don't foresee the Greens being in government with Fianna Fail as that would upset the property developers that Fianna Fail rely on so much.

At the moment it is not clear who will form the next government however I'm afraid at the moment Fianna Fail will be part of what ever administration is set up.

The PD's are gone, that much is sure. What a happy day it will be when this country says good-bye to Herr McDowell as Minister for Injustice.

I believe there is a very real prospect that Sinn Féin could hold the balance of power however I don't see us in government after this election.

I could be wrong but I can't see it for a multitude of reasons.

We have put forward our case to the electorate, let's wait for their decision.

Become a Winner.....Vote for the Shinner!

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