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category meath | elections / politics | press release author Thursday January 29, 2009 13:15author by Richard Walsh - Republican Sinn Féinauthor email tiocfaidh at btinternet dot comauthor phone +44-7835 620 592 / +353-87 261 8603 Report this post to the editors

Peter Fitzsimons of Kells, Co. Meath, has been selected to contest the upcoming local council election in Kells.

Peter Fitzsimons
Peter Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, 28th January, Republican Sinn Féin held a Selection Convention in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells, Co. Meath for the Kells Town Council area in the upcoming local elections. The meeting was addressed by Des Dalton of Athy, Co. Kildare – Vice-President of Republican Sinn Féin and a candidate for Athy Town Council – who stressed that RSF candidates sought to give people a genuine voice in the council chambers as the only revolutionary Republican candidates in the field.

The Meath delegates selected Peter Fitzsimons of Kells as the organisation's candidate for the upcoming election. Peter is Cathaoirleach (Chair) of the Niall Fagan/Thomas Allen Cumann of Republican Sinn Féin in County Meath, and PRO and Vice-Chair of Comhairle Cúige Laighean (Leinster RSF Executive).

Peter comes from a strong Republican backround and has been active in promoting Republicanism in Meath for the past ten years. Peter has a strong connection with Meath and trusts that the people of Kells will see that there is a real alternative to the status quo.

Peter Fitzsimons has previously campaigned on a number of important local issues:

He opposed the M3 Motorway that has ruined the Tara/Skrnye Valley;

He picketed Tara Mines when there was a possibility of the mine closing;

Peter promoted action on Suicide Awareness, and the setting up of full-time youth groups in Kells.

In 2008 Peter compiled a Document on Suicide Awareness which has been passed onto the Education Commitee of Republican Sinn Féin.

Peter has identified the following as the key issues in his campaign for the upcoming Kells Town Council election in June:-

SUICIDE AWARENESS

Peter wishes to promote action on suicide awareness in the town of Kells, and throughout County Meath.

UNEMPLOYMENT

With unemployment in Kells currently standing at 1,298 – amounting to a 140% increase over two years – it represents one of the highest national increases. Urgent local action is needed to promote enterprise initiatives and protect existing employment.

HSE CUTBACKS

Due to the ongoing mismanagement of our health system, a more just approach is required in relation to medical cards; health care; home help, etc.

HOUSING

Private housing: Peter supports a moratorium on mortgage payments to prevent repossessions by the banking institutions.

Local and affordable housing: to seek a realistic reduction of 25% of the current market value.

Social housing: It is time for Social Welfare, the HSE and local council to approach landlords and developers and seek an agreement to use existing housing stock to decrease the housing list.

YOUTH

Setting up of full-time youth groups in Kells to coordinate and encourage social and recreational activities, which will help to counteract anti-social behaviour.

Peter looks forward to hearing the views of the people of Kells. He asks them to support his campaign for real change in the council chamber. Peter seeks to empower the local community in all aspects of political life.

ENDS

author by Kells Local - Independant observerpublication date Thu Jan 29, 2009 17:55Report this post to the editors

It is great to see a change coming on the Political scene in kells. For two long now there has been the same old routine in the Council,its about time there was some fresh blood in the pot.

It will be more uplifting than anything else if there is a new wave of local councillors elected this year,and it is very comforting to see that a proper Republican candidate is going forward.

An Poblacht Abu

P.S. I found th web site for meath it is as follows

www.freewebs.com/meathrsf

Related Link: http://www.freewebs.com/meathrsf
author by Peter Fitzsimons - Kells local elections 2009 Republican Sinn Féinpublication date Thu Jan 29, 2009 18:47Report this post to the editors

As the selected candidate for Republican Sinn Féin in the kells local election,I would like to state that I look forward to meeting the people of kells on

the door step. The people of kells have a chance for real change that will give them a voice inside the council chamber.

I invite the people of kells to contact me with any questions they might have in relation to what I and Republican Sinn Féin can do for them.

My E-mail addrs :

peterfitzsimons2009@hotmail.com

author by fagan - NONEpublication date Fri Jan 30, 2009 20:06Report this post to the editors

best of luck peter. you (and the other rsf candidates)are offering a voice to the people of kells that is not beholden to or intrested in teh status quo. here is an oppurtunity to PUNISH the career politicians as well as REWARD the local people wit ha genuine voice. i wish you and the other candidates who are standing on the idea of local democracy the very best!

author by Scepticpublication date Fri Jan 30, 2009 20:54Report this post to the editors

"about time there was some fresh blood " is an unfortunate metaphor to use given the rather bloody history of this brand of republicanism in recent decades including in Meath. Detective Garda Frank Hand was shot dead not far from Kells in Drumree by a republican gang robbing the local Post Office. Maybe Peter Fitzsimons would care to comment on that since he seems to have a position on very many other things.

author by Meath Manpublication date Fri Jan 30, 2009 23:29Report this post to the editors

It's interesting to see Peter as PRO, Vice Chair in Leinster, the Chair of his Cumman and also on an RSF Committee.... it makes it look like RSF are a big party and not just a handful of people!!!

Joking aside what is RSF's/Peter's solution to the Economic crisis?

author by Kells man independant observer - nonepublication date Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:33Report this post to the editors

I Disagree with the comment saying that because this man who is running in the local elections in kells holds more than one position in RSF,it means RSF are a small group!!!

Does it not show the strength of an individual when he is in a position of three seats within an organisation?????

Cumann Chair ----- Local level
Vice Chair ----- Leinster executive
PRO ----- Leinster executive

It just goes to show that RSF must hold peter highly.

He is a young man, so for a man his age to be selected for election and for those 3 positions he holds he must be doing something right for republican sinn fein.

And can anybody actually say the exact amount of members RSF have??? Last i heard it was touching near 3 thousand members????????

author by Joe - redundant republicanpublication date Sat Jan 31, 2009 16:51Report this post to the editors

With the local elections a few short months away, I would just ask are there RSF candidates in any other areas ?

author by kells man independant observer - nonepublication date Sat Jan 31, 2009 17:33Report this post to the editors

as far as i know there is two candidates in leinster
three in munster
one/two in connaught

pity they dont contest dublin or big citys like that

Fair play to them tho

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