Labour Announce 2016 General Election Candidate

Labour Senator John Whelan has been chosen as the party's official candidate for the 2016 General Election.

Senator Whelan's selection will be confirmed tonight at a meeting of the party's selection committee at O Loughlin's Hotel in Portlaoise, at the end of constituency visit by Minister of State Kevin Humphrey.

Commenting on his selection, Senator Whelan said: "I am under no illusion that next year's general election will not be a tough challenge for myself and the Labour Party. But the election also poses a big challenge for the electorate to choose between the positive politics of Tanaiste Joan Burton and the protest of Gerry Adams and in this new constituency between myself and Sinn Fein's Brian Stanley. This will be the first ever election in this constituency and it will be historic in every sense.

"The 2016 general election will have similar pivotal importance as to the future direction and prosperity of our country that the defining events of 1916 some one hundred years ago did. The outcome of the 2016 election will both define and determine our society for future generations and for decades to come."


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