Dr Peter Doran, from Quigley’s Point, said he believed that only MacLochlainn was capable of delivering – particularly for the people of Inishowen.
“I am acutely aware of the issues – then and now – that confront the communities of the peninsula,” said Dr Doran.
“The Celtic Tiger leaped over Inishowen and will not be returning in the foreseeable future. We have, nevertheless, been left to deal with the legacy of Fianna Fáil and the other mainstream parties’ neglect.
“A trail of rising unemployment, low wages, and endemic economic insecurity for many hard working families is all that’s left to show after the bluster and incompetence that has passed for political representation for the best part of a generation.”
Dr Doran added: “Sinn Féin’s Pádraig MacLochlainn is best placed to ensure that local communities get the representation they deserve after the election.
“His party has: courageously challenged the easy consensus across all the mainstream parties on the EU/IMF and bank rescue plan; demonstrated leadership in developing all-Ireland approaches to problem-solving in a way that is essential for border regions; and prioritised job creation and job protection in a harsh economic climate that will be exploited by others to exploit and sideline the labour movement.”