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First Past The Post.....Jim Ryan with family and supporters after being elected to Dundalk Town Council at the count held in the Sports Centre, Muirhevnamor.

First Past The Post.....Jim Ryan with family and supporters after being elected to Dundalk Town Council at the count held in the Sports Centre, Muirhevnamor.

First Past The Post.....Jim Ryan with family and supporters after being elected to Dundalk Town Council at the count held in the Sports Centre, Muirhevnamor.

The successful Green Party candidate, and the first member of that party ever to hold a seat in Louth reflected this week on his unexpected victory.I myself had suspected in the days before the election that I would poll well for not alone was I getting a good reaction from young people, who said that they would not normally vote, but I was also getting a very positive

The successful Green Party candidate, and the first member of that party ever to hold a seat in Louth reflected this week on his unexpected victory.

“I myself had suspected in the days before the election that I would poll well for not alone was I getting a good reaction from young people, who said that they would not normally vote, but I was also getting a very positive response from all sections right across the constituency”.

A member of a prominent business family, and deeply involved in the town’s most successful live musical outlet “The Spirit Store” Mark decided to run for the council because he felt some leadership was needed to inject much needed panache and innovation into promoting the town.

“While I have a business background and hope to speak out more for the traders and businesses in the town who I feel haven’t had their voices heard, I am not going to be in favour of every development that is proposed, nor will I be anti-development to protect established businesses” he said.

He hopes that he will take a responsible attitude to development. “I certainly won’t be there just to be awkward or to stunt the growth of the town, but if I see problems I will speak out. I have no ideological hang-ups about development”.

The concerns of young people would also be high on his agenda, for while he accepts that other parties, Sinn Fein especially, have been closely identified with the young vote, he is aware of the need to interest more young people in the political process.

“Young people need to know that they have a voice that can connect with the issues which impact on their lives” remarked the man who, with three others, challenged through the country’s highest court system, Sellafields’s right to process nuclear materials so close to our shores.

“It is surprising how often the issue of Sellafield came up on the doorsteps, for many remembered my involvement” he said but added that there were other issues, such as the protection of the environment that were factors in his election.



“It will be a great honour to represent the people of Dundalk and I am looking forward to that with great anticipation”.






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