Tom Hanlon (Ireland South Regional Organiser) and TD Pat Buckley

Pat Buckley has been selected to contest the next general election on behalf of Sinn Féin Cork East.
Deputy Buckley was selected uncontested at the party’s convention held in Midleton My Place last Saturday 9 December.
The party’s spokesperson on Mental Health said it was both an honour and pleasure to be representing the party in the next general election.
It’s widely speculated the party’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald will also run uncontested to supersede Gerry Adams, when he steps down as leader.
The Party’s spokesperson of Finance Pearse Doherty has already stated he will not be putting his name forward for the leadership race.
Earlier this month, the new Sinn Féin website added to speculation there would be a female leadership North and South, as both Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou appeared side by side on the sites main banner.
Deputy Buckley who said he was backing Ms McDonald for leader rejected allegations that party candidates were being selected by committee.
“Anybody has a chance to be nominated. I was asked if I would stand again and I said I would.”
“It looks like Mary Lou will be leading the party, who else would we have leading the party. She is very approachable, will work with anyone. She is well able to take people on and hold people to account.”
When asked if the party is in turmoil with a series of high profile councillors and senators leaving the party over the past few month, Mr Buckley said his party were not unlike other parties.
However Sinn Féin received more attention from the media than other political parties.
It’s expected Sinn Féin Cork East will finalise their general election team in the new year when their strategic policy group will select their director of election and local representative.
Deputy Buckley said the party were expecting an election in March or June next but are ready.