Brady launches Westminster election campaign

March 16, 2015

Sinn Féin’s Westminster candidate for the Newry/Armagh constituency, Mickey Brady, launched his election campaign at a packed house in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Monday last.

Joined by party president Gerry Adams, Mr Brady listened while incumbent MP, Conor Murphy, spoke of his admiration for the popular MLA, sentiments echoed by the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew.

Addressing the audience, Mr Adams outlined his party’s view of the current political landscape and expressed his confidence that Mr Brady’s expertise in welfare rights would allow him to make a huge contribution to the current situation.

Taking the stand, Mr Brady paid tribute to incumbent MP, Conor Murphy, of whom it is “a great honour to try follow in [his] trail blazing footsteps”, he said.

“I would like to also acknowledge one of the key background strategists in Conor’s successful 2005 election victory, Brian Campbell,” he continued.

“Brian was many things a playwright, a movie maker, a GAA man, an activist, a thinker, a doer, a husband, a father, a revolutionary in the true sense of the word. He was a special figure of this struggle, an editor of An Phoblacht, and this year of 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of his death.”

Welcoming his elderly mother, Sally, to the event, he said: “My mother was born 106 years ago into an Ireland that was united and I can think about nothing better than working to build a united Ireland not just for myself but for my children and my grandchildren.”

Expressing pride in his native Newry, and particularly the area of Ballybot, Mr Brady said: “I am a proud Ballybot man.  An Baile Bocht – the poor town. Like many other places in Ireland that also bear this scar of history, Ballybot is a proud, defiant place….the soul of Newry.  The people there are a generous sort, welcoming, but they are no fools.”

In reference to the recent controversy over the naming of Raymond McCreesh playpark, he added: “The people of Ballybot and of Newry will not allow themselves to be criminalised over what they name their streets and their play parks.  We are proud of our past, proud of who we are and proud of where we are going.

And this election is about our future. It’s about the future of Newry and Armagh, it’s about the future of our country. It’s about the future for our children.”

If elected, Mr Brady pledges to be “the people’s champion”, while also championing the causes of, among others, local business, town centre development and the health system.

“My allegiance will be to the people of Newry and Armagh and it surely won’t be to any foreign government of foreign queen.  Sinn Féin is on the rise.  Our reach and our influence far outweighs that of any other party that we stand against.  Three Senators, 4 MEPs, 14 TDs, 29 MLAs, 264 councillors, over 10,000 members and half a million votes across this island tells its own story,” he said.

Encouraging support for his campaign, he added, “I may be the Sinn Féin candidate but this is your seat.  We need to reenergise and reinvigorate ourselves and our supporters.  On May 7th we need to make Newry and Armagh history and make sure that we elect this Ballybot boy as your MP.”