Padraic Halpin: The Cambridge PhD graduate who is planning a political career .. in Sinn Fein
WHEN Michael O'Byrne's son finishes a PhD at Cambridge next year, he plans to return home to Dublin to try and win a seat for Sinn Fein at the 2014 local government elections.
O'Byrne, attending Sinn Fein's annual conference in Killarney last weekend, said young, educated members like his son, with no ties to the IRA's violence, are changing the face of the party.
"People feel rejuvenated. The young people in particular are seeing a brighter face to Sinn Fein and are more eager to come on board and shun the other parties," said the 57-year-old O'Byrne, a long time party member wearing a Dublin jersey.