Friday 23 February 2018

Ex-hurler fails to muster support for Labour seat


Labour candidate Martin Storey. Photo: Patrick Browne
Labour candidate Martin Storey. Photo: Patrick Browne

Brendan Furlong

MARTIN Storey found out the hard way that local politics can be trickier to traverse than Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.

Storey, pictured, may have been cheered on to victory by tens of thousands in the 1996 All-Ireland senior hurling final for Wexford, yet he failed to muster the support to retain his Labour seat in Enniscorthy District.

Mr Storey was co-opted to the council following the death of Labour colleague, Pat Coady, but he was eliminated on the sixth count on 1,047 votes in St Joseph's Boys Club in Wexford town and lost his shortlived seat. While he attracted good support from his native Oulart-the-Ballagh, he struggled to repeat his deceased friend's impressive showing in the all-important Enniscorthy town.

Eighteen years on, he remains a Wexford icon on the hurling scene, but it was unable to translate that into sufficient votes.

Former Wexford hurling manager Tony Dempsey, who also spent a five-year stint in the Dail as a TD, retained his council seat for Fianna Fail in the Wexford District.

For those in sporting circles, Fianna Fail's John Browne, a staunch Rapparees GAA man, looks to have paved the way for his Dail successor, as his son James, will head the poll in the Enniscorthy District.

Mr Browne, a barrister, elected to the local town council five years ago, will head the poll, setting in train speculation that he could be next Browne on the party ticket for the next General Election.

Irish Independent Supplement

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