Three new Cork candidates selected by Aontú

Three new Cork candidates selected by Aontú
Aontú local election candidates Sean Creedon (Skibbereen-West Cork), Lorraine Deane (Bantry-West Cork) and Anna Daly (Cork City South East)

THREE new candidates have been selected to run for election for the new Aontú party set up by former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín.

The three were selected at the Cork branch of the party's second convention to choose candidates for the local elections on May 24. A further three candidates will be selected at a meeting and convention of the new party on Thursday night.

The three new candidates are Anna Daly in the Cork City South East area, Sean Creedon in the Skibbereen area in West Cork and Lorraine Deane in Bantry in West Cork. They were selected on Thursday night.

A spokesman for the party said: "This adds to the existing candidates Joanne Murphy (Cork City South West), Mairead Ruane (Bandon-Kinsale) and Paddy Scully (Kanturk), bringing the total number of candidates standing for Aontú in Cork city and county to six."

He added: "All six candidates were present at the second convention and each spoke on their own reasons for joining Aontú and running for the local elections. Finian Toomey, chair of Aontú Chorcaí congratulated all successful candidates to date."

Similar selection processes are currently taking part across the country, with the new party aiming to run candidates in the 32 counties.

The party spokesman said: "Aontú is a grassroots led organisation whose core values include the human right to life, prosperity and real solidarity, the unit of the Irish people, economic justice and fair and balanced regional development."

Aontú was set up last year after Peadar Tóibín left Sinn Féin, after going against the party whip on voting against abortion. Prior to his decision to leave Sinn Féin, he had been suspended from the party for six months for voting in the Dail against the abortion legislation.

Aontú was formally launched in January, two months after his decision to leave Sinn Féin. He had been a member of that party for 21 years.

Cork does not yet have a sitting Aontú representative. However, a number of councillors in other parts of the country have joined the party from Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.

Among the party's aims, according to Deputy Tóibín is to develop an All Ireland economy which would protect the country against the worst effects of Brexit.

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