The Labour Party in Bray recently held their selection convention for next year’s Local Elections and selected former TD Anne Ferris for the Bray East Electoral Area and Ian McGahon for the Bray West Electoral Area. The well-attended selection convention was chaired by the Wicklow Labour Chairperson, John Kenna and also in attendance were Jack O’Connor, National Chairperson and Dáil Candidate for Wicklow, and Brian McDowell, General Secretary of the Labour Party.
Speaking to the Wicklow Times after the selection convention, a clearly delighted Anne Ferris said she was thrilled to have been selected to contest next year’s Local Elections representing Bray East. “Life is full of twists and turns”, said Anne. “When I lost my Dáil seat a couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what my future held and so I made the decision to enrol in a three-year degree course in UCD studying History and English. However, during this time I was acutely aware of issues in the town that did not seem to be addressed adequately by our local Council. Many local residents complain that there seems to be a disconnect between them and the elected councillors.
“The Labour Party lost its public representatives at the last Local Elections in 2014 and I lost my own seat at the General Election in 2016. Since then we have had no voice with which to represent the people of Bray. I certainly acknowledge that the coalition government made senseless decisions that adversely affected people’s lives and we in the Labour Party unwisely supported these decisions. We were punished at the time by the electorate and perhaps rightly so. But I honestly believe we have learned from our mistakes.
“I would now dearly love to be given the opportunity to be re-elected to Wicklow County Council and to once again represent the people of Bray. I believe it is important for local residents to have access to their local councillors and to make sure their views are heard loud and clear. I want to be that loud, clear voice again on Wicklow County Council and I would really appreciate the support of the people of Bray.”