Ní Riada pays tribute to family and colleagues
By Claire O'Sullivan
Sinn Féin candidate Liadh Ní Riada has today paid tribute to her family and colleagues as she awaits confirmation of her election in Ireland South.
She said her election, when confirmed, will be a "terrific occasion".
Party leader Gerry Adams said she will be an "outstanding candidate" for the sprawling constituency and that Sinn Féin MEPs will "stand up for the people of Ireland" in Europe.
In Cork with Liadh,Nicky,Cáit, Ailsa& Neans with JonathanOB smiling! pic.twitter.com/unmr7YXedZ— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) May 26, 2014
Deputy Adams said that Sinn Fein’s newly elected MEPs will stand up for Ireland.
"Our councillors will fight for genuine community interests which put the needs of citizens first," he said.
"The huge vote for Sinn Féin marks a profound change in the political landscape of this state.
"The Government dismisses this as a protest vote or, as the Taoiseach claims, a sign of frustration by the electorate. This is wrong.
"The Government has been sent a very clear message. They do not have public support for the damaging policies they are implementing.
"The voters have called time on this government. They should change political direction or call a General Election."
He said Ní Riada will bring "her unique cultural sense" and her comprehensive grasp of politics to Europe.