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Six throw hat into the ring for Fianna Fail nod

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Cllr Barbara Ann Murphy

Cllr Barbara Ann Murphy

Cllr Barbara Ann Murphy

The Wexford town district will have no Fianna Fail candidate in the forthcoming election.

Last Friday was the cut off date for those considering to put themselves forward for consideration and the town and south of the county is without a representative.

Six candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the party and the party will hold its selection convention in the coming weeks to determine who will go on the Fianna Fail ticket.

The nominated candidates are Cllr Malcolm Byrne, Cllr James Browne, Cllr Barbara Ann Murphy, Cllr Michael Whelan, Cllr. Michael Sheehan and Deputy John Browne.

As it stands Cllr Murphy, if she gets through the selection convention, may be the only female candidate on the ballot paper in Wexford.

The Fianna Fail ticket will be a disappointment to those hoping to see a Wexford town face on the ballot paper for the party. Instead it is very Enniscorthy and New Ross heavy with the father and son team of John and James Browne in Enniscorthy town and Cllr Murphy from Bunclody. Cllrs Whelan and Sheehan are from the New Ross district while Cllr Byrne is from Gorey.

There had been speculation that the party would try to run a candidate from Wexford town but in the end this didn't materialise, a move which may come back to haunt them.

It is not known how many candidates the party will run but many believe the ticket will definitely feature one of the Brownes. However if Deputy Browne decides not to run his son James may have to fight off some strong opposition to get his name on the ticket.

Wexford People