Sinn Fein believe the next general election will be very important in continuing their growth towards being in government.

The party held a selection convention last night to elect the Monaghan candidate to run on a county and gender-balanced ticket in the constituency.
Matt Carthy was last night unanimously selected to succeed Caoimhgin O’Caolain as the County Monaghan based candidate for Sinn Fein in the next general election.

O’Caolain proposed that the MEP be nominated at the event, and spoke about how he feels Matt Carthy is the right candidate to pass the responsibility to.

O’Caolain also spoke about how the party has the strength within the constituency to win two seats in Cavan/Monaghan, which he said would be important to the growth of the party.

The Chair of the convention was Sinn Fein’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty. He spoke about knowing Carthy from the early days of his political career.

He said that Sinn Fein is working to be the majority party in the next election, and that they have the people within the party to lead a government.

Matt Carthy himself spoke about the task that he is now facing, and was well aware that they must try hard to grow the party in the constituency.

The convention to select the Cavan candidate is expected to be held in the coming weeks.