THE Fingal Green Party is to take another important step this week in rebuilding the local organisation in preparation for the 2014 local elections, in which it hopes to bounce back from the last election that wiped out its representation on Fingal County Council.
The Fingal Independent understands that the local Green Party will elect a new area representative for Balbriggan this Thursday, September 20, when the group meets. The Balbriggan electoral ward stretches from Rush, Lusk and Skerries, over to Garristown, through the Naul and then into Balbriggan itself. Only party members living in the ward boundary will be eligible to vote during the selection meeting. Four local Green Party members have put their names forward for election. The candidates are Lorcan O'Toole, the constituency chairman Joe O'Brien, active party member Frank Duffy and area organiser and new member Marcus de Brun. Proceedings on the night will the overseen by national party chairman Roderic O'Gorman, who will act as returning officer. Zoe Nelson, a local Green Party member who is voting in the election, said she would not be drawn on whom she would be voting for. Ms Nelson, who is a member of the party's national executive committee, said: 'We are so privileged to have a choice of high calibre candidates. It proves that the Green Party is highly motivated in Fingal and focused on gaining seats on the Fingal County Council and Balbriggan Town Council in 2014.' 'We get regular feedback from voters across North Dublin stating that they miss Green Party representation and worry that issues relating to education, transport and local economy are not being adequately being addressed in a sustainable manner.' The party will go on over the next months to appoint candidates for the Swords and Malahide Wards as it builds towards 2014.