A local soccer referee is set to try his hand at a game of a different kind when he puts himself forward for next year’s local elections.
Wicklow Town-native Paul O’Brien has been selected by the local Wicklow Labour Party organisation to run in the Wicklow Electoral Area in the Local Election 2014 as the their candidate.
Paul is Chairman of the Irish Soccer Referees Society, Wicklow Branch which he has being doing so for the past 11 years and has refereed for 19 years all over East Wicklow and the county. He has close connections with Wicklow Swimming though his family and having been a past member.
‘I decided to seek a nomination to run in the Local Election because I am keen to make a contribution to my community in East Wicklow. I and my entire family have been born and raised in East Wicklow. Local politics is about local people, who devote their energies to developing their community; I hope I can play my part in rebuilding confidence in East Wicklow.
‘I am delighted to have the support of former Labour TD, Minister & MEP Liam Kavanagh, Wicklow Cllr Conal Kavanagh and our local TD Anne Ferris. Liam Kavanagh approached me when I was an 18-year-old lad, and he put me on the electoral register. I am honoured to have Liam Kavanagh and Cllr Conal Kavanagh supporting me today, along with the support of our Labour East Wicklow organisation.
‘I have seen how the economic collapse has affected the community. I have not only witnessed the economic collapse but I have experienced it firsthand. I hope that I can play my part in the recovery and the future development of our area. Youth unemployment in the county is far too high and I hope to give the youth a voice on the Council if elected. Jobs are now being created by the Government again, I will fight to ensure we in East Wicklow will benefit from that.
‘I hope people will trust me with their vote when the time comes and whilst I am new to politics I hope to be able to bring a fresh approach with new thinking and I look forward to a positive campaign.’