Marie to become sole female voice on council
Local town resident Marie Doyle is to become both the sole female and Sinn Féin municipal councillor in New Ross, when she is co-opted on to Wexford County Council this month.
Marie is replacing outgoing councillor Oisín O'Connell - who has resigned for personal and family reasons.
Cllr O'Connell was the proposer for Marie at a recent Sinn Féin convention within the revised boundaries and she was unanimously approved by the members.
Mr O'Connell - who officially resigned on December 21 - described Marie as 'a very compassionate, capable person, and very committed to New Ross. I'm delighted to have been able to propose her, and I know she will bring fresh energy and perspective to the district and council, on behalf of her constituents.'
Marie, 29, hails from Nunnery Lane. She attended primary school in St Joseph's, completing her second level education in St. Mary's secondary school, New Ross.
Her third level education began in Kennedy College, New Ross, where she studied early childhood care and education. She furthered her education and completed a four year degree in Waterford Institute of Technology, recently graduating with a first-class honours degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (Level 8).
For the past two years she has been working as a social care worker with teenagers in residential care units.
Marie said: 'Studying social issues in college really opened up my eyes to all the inequalities people face in Ireland, and also what little the current government are doing about it. This motivated me to join a political party that is working to improve the current situation in Ireland.'
Marie joined Sinn Féin in 2015. 'During my time with Sinn Féin I attended commemorations, public meetings on various topics - and then became chairperson for New Ross Sinn Féin. Three years later, I am honoured to become a Sinn Féin councillor because I believe passionately in our party's values of human dignity, equality and justice. I am also very proud to be a woman - and feel that women are under-represented in Wexford County Council, with only four out of 34 councillors being women.'
Marie said she is concerned issues with how the bypass will impact on her hometown.
'With the completion of the bypass I feel we need to work hard promoting business and employment in the New Ross area.'
She is also concerned about the GP crisis in the New Ross district. 'Some people are having to wait up to three weeks for a GP appointment.
'This is not acceptable. I feel strongly that we need to be campaigning for 24/7 mental health service for New Ross to replace the current 9-to-5, five-day service available. I also think more facilities are needed for young people in New Ross.
'I am looking forward to working with my fellow Sinn Féin councillors on issues effecting people in New Ross, and County Wexford.'
New Ross Standard