October 19, 2021

Waterford poll-topper David Cullinane confirms he is on SF negotiating team, despite reports

Waterford TD David Cullinane has confirmed he is part of Sinn Féin’s negotiating team in talks to form a new government.

This is despite reports earlier this week that the Waterford poll-topper had been dropped from the team following the controversy over his “Up the ‘Ra” comment at an event marking his re-election to the Dáil in the city.

Deputy Cullinane was not part of the Sinn Féin line-up to negotiate for a programme for government unveiled by finance spokesman Pearse Doherty in Dublin earlier this week.

However, in a statement issued today to mark the formal acceptance of his seat as a TD for the Waterford constituency, Deputy Culliance said: “I am delighted and humbled to have got the vote I received from the people of Waterford. Today I formally signed the roll and will take my place as a TD for the Waterford constituency.

“As a member of the Sinn Féin negotiating team the hard work starts now. I will be meeting as part of the team later and will do all I can to deliver real change for the people of Waterford and people across the island. It is time to translate hope and goodwill into positive change.”

Deputy Cullinane later clarified to WaterfordNow.ie that he was never, as had been reported in a national newspaper, removed from Sinn Féin’s negotiating team, adding: “The jounalist never contacted me. If they did I would have told them.”

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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