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Monday 20 May 2019

Howes joins Sinn Fein after leaving Labour

DISILLUSIONED WITH PARTY POLITICS

County Councillor John Snell, Ray Howes and Town Councillor Eamonn Long.
County Councillor John Snell, Ray Howes and Town Councillor Eamonn Long.

Myles BUCHANAN

RECENT LOCAL election candidate for Labour in Wicklow town, Ray Howes, has left the Labour Party to join the ranks of Sinn Féin.

Mr. Howes has laid the blame for his defection on his disillusionment with the direction in which the Labour Party are heading. He failed in his efforts to land a seat on Wicklow Town Council, while Labour also ended up losing one of the two seats they held prior to June's vote. However, Mr. Howes feels he was thrown in at the deep end when contesting the election, with little time to properly prepare and organise a well oiled campaign.

' There was little or no structure within the local branch, I was literally handed a clipboard and a pen and told to go out and do my best on the doors, it was as raw as that. I have many good friends who still support the party, indeed I supported the party most of my adult life. But the old Labour Party that I and many others knew is dead and gone.'

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