McGreevy pledges To return
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Despite failing to be elected to the new Newry, Mourne and Down Super Council, outgoing SDLP Councillor for Crotlieve, Connaire McGreevy has said that he will continue his role in public life.
“I am determined to use this setback as the incentive to come back in the future as a representative of the people of an area that means everything to me," said Councillor McGreevy.
He conceded that on a personal level he was "naturally disappointed over the result."
He noted, however and took comfort from the fact that in a drastically reduced voter base he actually increased his personal poll tally:
“I want to put on record my sincere thanks for everybody who came out to cast their vote for me.
“And of course my thanks are also due to my family and support team for all the hard work they put in for me."
On a wider level he said that, as a party, the SDLP needed to "take a long, hard look at itself.
“Our supporters, our party workers and the political process needs a party that identifies with the needs and aspirations of the electorate. "It appears however that in far too many constituencies over the North the frustrating aspect is that this vital message failed to get through," he said.
Mr McGreevy also extended his congratulations to the successful candidate, Jarlath Tinnelly.
“Jarlath engaged well with the voters and should be commended for his approach," he said.
“His successful election campaign, and in particular for the way in which he increased his vote in Rostrevor showed the importance and value of targeting those that had previously not engaged in the electoral process.
“Indeed my admiration has only increased for all those, irrespective of their political background, who had the courage to defend the democratic process by standing for election," he said.
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