Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

'Our Generation Deserve Better' - Dolan

Published: 20 February, 2017

Sinn Féin Assembly candidate Jemma Dolan has said, 'that the DUP's negative brand of politics offers nothing but a retreat to the past. Our generation deserve better, the right to be optimistic about all our futures. Everyone needs to play their part by voting for progressive politics.'

Jemma Dolan, the youngest candidate in the constituency, was speaking to Sinn Féin Republican Youth Activists at the 'New Generation: New Voices' event in Enniskillen Castle. She was accompanied by Pearse Doherty TD, who campaigned with the candidate in Enniskillen Town Centre after the event.

Ms. Dolan said,

"This election was brought about by the corruption, the bigotry and the downright childishness of our so-called partners in government.

"Sinn Féin and Martin McGuinness have stretched themselves to the very limit to try and keep the institutions working.

"Not only was Martin and the rest of the Sinn Féin team let down by the behaviour of the DUP, the actions of the British government and by the inaction of the Irish government - we young people have been let down too. It's our generation that is suffering.

"Thankfully, none of us lived through the conflict, but the failure of the DUP & other parties to be able to look forward, is dragging us back to that time. They are trying to continually divide our society for their own electoral gain. Let us be clear, this election is not about orange and green. This election is about creating a society that is built on progressive values.

"Our generation demand a society where cultural identity and languages are treated with respect. Where we seek inclusion and equality for all living on this island. But I'm angry. Angry that we are being dragged out of the EU denying us travel, employment and studying opportunities. Angry that an agreement that was signed when I was just 8 years of age, still has not been fulfilled.

"Our generation deserve better. As an MLA, it will be my priority to articulate and fight for that vision." ENDS