Tuesday 20 March 2018

A celebration of John Browne's political career

John Browne pictured with his wife Judie, daughters Judie and Catriona and son James Browne TD
John Browne pictured with his wife Judie, daughters Judie and Catriona and son James Browne TD
Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Senator John Fleming, John Browne, Cllr Lisa McDonald, Cllr Willie Kavanagh and Cllr Keith Doyle
John Browne is hoisted high by supporters at the Wexford count centre as in 2007 he is elected on the first count after topping the poll with 12,768 votes .

The long and distinguished career of retired TD John Browne was recalled at a retirement function last Thursday night in the Riverside Hotel in his home town of Enniscorthy.

The hugely popular Enniscorthy man was a TD for Wexford for 33 years and was undefeated in eight consecutive general elections. He first became involved in politics in 1979 when he was elected to Enniscorthy Urban District Council and to Wexford County Council and was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the November, 1982 general election.

Eileen Higgins, Fianna Fail constituency secretary said the retirement event had been organised by the Enniscorthy /Bunclody Comhairle Ceanntair of Fianna Fáil under the chairmanship of Cllr Willie Kavanagh.

'There was a massive turnout', said Eileen who said that John and his family had been very touched by people's attendance and good wishes.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, former MEP Liam Aylward from Kilkenny, all eleven Wexford Fianna Fáil councillors and John's son Deputy James Browne were all in attendance on the night.

Speeches on the night came from Deputy Martin, Deputy James Browne and Fianna Fáil stalwart and former councillor Peter Byrne who had served as director of elections for six of the eight elections which John had contested.

On the night John was presented with a beautiful hand-crafted wooden wall hanging crafted by Martin O'Rourke of Ballyhogue, while wife Judie received flowers.

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