The Green Party has announced that New Ross native and Castletown resident Ann Walsh will contest the upcoming General Election for the party in Wexford.
Daughter of Mary and Michael Kiely from Irishtown, Ann has lived in Castletown for the past 18 years with her husband Pat and two daughters.
She works as a psychologist and psychotherapist, and has considerable experience in the area of mental health and disability - both of which are her priorities for the upcoming election.
Speaking following her announcement, Ann said that she's proud to be standing for election as a candidate for the Green Party.
'I've always believed politics should be about unity, not separation, collaboration rather than conflict,' she said. 'We need to acknowledge what doesn't work, what needs to change, and move forward from there.'
'A Green presence in the Dáil is essential to ensure that future Governments take climate change, global warming and environmental issues seriously,' she continued. 'Politics must keep people, and the environment they live in, at the heart of everything they do.'
'People need to feel ownership of politics, and know that their interests are being represented,' she added.
'I'm glad that the people of Wexford will have the choice to vote Green in this election, and hope that creating a more sustainable future for Wexford, and for Ireland, will be on the next Government's agenda,' she concluded.
The candidate is a newcomer to local politics, and this will be the first time she has put her name forward for election.
It was widely tipped that former Wexford Borough councillor Danny Forde would be the Green Party candidate for the next election, but he didn't put his name forward.
He received 391 first preferences in the 2011 election, or a 0.52% share, coming third lowest of the 13 candidates. He contested the 2014 local elections and secured 344 first preference votes.