Farmer Oisín on Sinn Féin ticket
A FOULKSMILLS farmer has emerged as the first new candidate for next year's local elections in the New Ross district.
Oisín O'Connell, a trained economist, has been chosen to contest for Sinn Féin after he was chosen at a packed election convention in the Horse and Hound, Ballinaboola on Thursday night.
Speaking after being elected unanimously to represent Sinn Féin in New Ross, Mr O'Connell said: 'The New Ross district has been crippled by the austerity policies of this government and their predecessors. Unemployment is rampant and communities have been purged of their young people, who through no fault of their own have been forced to emigrate to find work. A change of direction is long overdue.'
He claimed that Sinn Féin has stood against the policies of austerity from the beginning.
'We have offered fully costed, solid alternatives which have been ignored by the very people who got us into this economic mess. As a Sinn Féin candidate, I pledge to push for stimulus and job creation in South Wexford and to oppose the failed plan of cuts, cuts and more cuts which has clearly not delivered economic recovery,' Mr O'Connell said.
A decision by the Boundary Commission in June to incorporate Taghmon into the New Ross district under new Boundary changes has set the cat among the pigeons in political circles, with many pundits predicting the most open election in the New Ross district for some time.
The candidates will be vying for eight seats on the new-look county council body, an increase of four on the previous allocation for New Ross.
New Ross Standard