West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Martin McGuinness enters Presidential race

Published: 19 September, 2011

Sinn Fein councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed Martin McGuinness' entry into the presidential race in elections due to be held in October.

Speaking following the announcement that the deputy first minister would stand in the poll local councillor Quinn said:

'I welcome the decision by Martin McGuinness to stand for the position of president of Ireland in the October poll. Whilst Martin will contest this election on a broad, Republican, citizen-centered platform it demonstrates his commitment to national politics and to be involved in the big politic of the island which aims to deliver at such an important time. It will also advance republican objectives on a national basis.

'Martins role in peace building in the north has been well documented and through his role as deputy first minister he has demonstrated his commitment to making the local institutions deliver for ordinary people. The fact that, if elected Martin will only draw the national average wage speaks volumes in itself about his commitment to ordinary people.

'His candidature once again is significant given that his friends and family in Derry or throughout the north will not have the opportunity to vote for him. Northern citizens were promised to be given a greater role in national political life through the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and it is high time this was implemented.