Monday 14 October 2019

Wexford Electoral area: Browne & Carthy Elections transform count centre

Brendan Furlong

THE election of James Browne and Ger Carthy helped transform a packed Wexford count centre which had been somewhat mute from early morning.

The result was significant for it elevated Browne into a position to become the next Fianna Fail candidate in a General Election in the Wexford Constituency taking over the mantle from his long serving father, John, who has hinted at retirement.

James had the highest first preference vote in the Constituency polling some 1969 votes, exceeding the quota of 1480.

The heavy hitters in Fianna Fail had weighed in behind the 38-year-old Barrister, who was the youngest candidate in the Enniscorthy District field. Despite his third generation political pedigree, Browne who had not been the most familiar face on the canvas, has now been propelled into the political spotlight following this Local Election outing.

After the family brand had taken him to a seat on Enniscorthy Town Council at the last Local Elections he is now been strongly tipped as the choice to succeed his father once he decides to hand up his Dail seat.

Ger Carthy, son of the late doyon of the council, Leo, stood for the first time.  His late father had been a member of Wexford Council for more than fifty years before losing his seat.

Ger, who works in the ambulance service, did not contest the last local elections, but having been at the forefront of Wexford G.A.A. where he is County Development Officer, along with involvement in local services, he decided to make the bid to regain his late fathers seat.

Now one of the youngest members of the new council, Ger secured his seat with an amazing first count of  1932, pushing him well over the quota of 1451.

The Independent Councillor commanded such support in his home parish of Our lady’s Island that the initial ballot box was quickly full to capacity leading to an emergency box having to be transported from Gorey for voting from early evening.

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