Cllr. Paul McAuliffeThe Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, has been selected to contest the general election in Dublin North West.Around 100 party members attended the convention at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra this evening. Two candidates were nominated: Cllr McAuliffe and local social campaigner Laura Reid.Paul was elected to Dublin City Council in 2009. He is the Fianna Fáil Group Leader in the Council since last year and was elected Chairperson of the Dublin City Committee on Planning and Economic Development, where he has responsibility for delivering Dublin City’s economic and community plan.  Paul lives in Finglas with his wife and two young children. His family have lived in the area for more than 50 years.

Speaking at the convention this evening, Paul thanked party members for placing their trust in him.

“It is a real honour to be chosen by party members to contest the election in Dublin North West.  I want to pay tribute to Laura Reid whose work for the party locally a nationally is invaluable. She remains a key asset to our team and to the community in her tireless work campaigning on the issues of care for people with dementia and female engagement in politics,” said Cllr McAuliffe.

“I have been working for local communities in this area for the past 6 years on Dublin City Council and I would be extremely proud to take this work to a national level and be a strong voice for Dublin North West in the Dáil. I am driven by a deep sense of community and I have a vision for what community should mean after the next general election.  We need to build a community that is fair, that benefits everyone, that rewards hard work and supports the vulnerable.  This cannot be based on blind ideology.  Nor can it be focused on one group in society at the expense of others.  We need realistic policies that will make a real difference to families, pensioners, sick people and carers in Dublin.

“The choice between Fine Gael’s Unfair Ireland and Sinn Féin’s Unrealistic Ireland is a choice that the people of Dublin do not have to make. I know from working with communities in Dublin North West every day that people are crying out for an alternative which does not force them into the extremes of politics.

“It is clear that Fine Gael has no interest in protecting ordinary people and supporting the most vulnerable.  They are dedicated to benefiting those who have already made it to the top.  On the other hand, Sinn Féin is selling deeply flawed policies that will cost jobs and put our fragile economic recovery at risk. In reality, their proposed raft of tax increase will hit many ordinary hard working families who are already being squeezed from every angle.

“Fianna Fáil’s job over the next nine months is to continue to set out a vision that empowers ordinary people across Dublin who are currently stuck between the extremes and feel they have no voice in the Dáil.  My aim is to provide that voice in Dublin. I look forward to visiting every home across Dublin North West in the coming months to listen to people, hear their concerns and ensure that their needs are heard.”