Battle commences!

  The General Election campaign in Roscommon/South Leitrim finally kicked off this week with Government TD Deputy Michael Finneran issuing a rebuke of the HAC and the future of Roscommon Hospital remaining firmly positioned as a key issue locally.   Meanwhile Sinn Fein President Mr. Gerry Adams became the first of the party leaders to visit the constituency since An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern kick-started a three-week campaign on Sunday morning.   Mr. Adams hit the campaign trail in County Roscommon yesterday (Wednesday) when he joined local party candidate Martin Kenny on a walkabout in the town of Boyle.   A fierce battle is expected between eight candidates – all of them male – in Roscommon/South Leitrim where three Dail seats are up for grabs.   Fianna Fail Deputy Finneran expressed surprise that Roscommon HAC have supported ‘an inexperienced independent candidate (John Kelly)’ and not acknowledged his own work on the Hospital issue over the past five years.     In a statement, he said: ‘My record on Roscommon County Hospital speaks for itself. Over the past five years, in which I have been honoured to serve as your T.D., our Hospital has been transformed. A total investment of €17 million by our Fianna Fáil led Government has brought many improvements