Sinn Fein Foyle Westminster candidate, Gearoid O’hEara, launched his billboard campaign in the Waterside yesterday morning.
Mr. O’hEara was supported by Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion and other MLAs and councillors.
“The billboard you see here today is just one that we will be launching across the city in the run-up to the election. The reason we are launching billboards is because we want to let people know that if they want to vote for change they should vote for Sinn Fein on May 7.”
When asked why he thought the people of Derry should vote for Mr. O’hEara, Martin McGuinness said:“I think it’s very important that people come out and vote because I think it’s going to be a very important election.
“Whoever emerges to form the next government at Westminster it is important that they are confronted with an all-party approach towards combating austerity and to combat the disastrous policies of the Tory coalition which drew £1.5b out of our economy.
“I think in terms of where Sinn Fein is coming from, the message is very, very clear. All of the big achievements that have occurred over the last 20 years, whether it be the Good Friday Agreement, the St. Andrew’s negotiations, the Hillsborough negotiations or the Stormont negotiations happened because Sinn Fein were there. We have been negotiating tough on behalf of change and equality.”
Mr. McGuinness added: “If you look at the new money that came out of the Stormont House Agreement, the £650m, it only came out of that because of my initiative to bring all of the parties together and ask them to join with us in confronting David Cameron’s approach to our fiscal situation.
“Much more needs to be done but in this constituency we have a fantastic candidate in Gearoid O’hEara who has consistently delivered for this city, in particular through the Year of Culture 2013, the delivery of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and just as important as all of that, is the way Gearoid has worked to develop community relations with loyalists and unionists to an unprecedented level.”
Deputy First Minister and MLA, Martin McGuinnessIn this constituency we have a fantastic candidate in Gearoid O’hEara who has consistently delivered for this city