Browne and McDonald win FF selection race

Lisa McDonald and James Browne were victorious at the Fianna Fail Selection Convention.

Lisa McDonald and James Browne were victorious at the Fianna Fail Selection Convention.

Fianna Fail’s spokesperson on Mental Health, Enniscorthy’s Deputy James Browne was selected to represent his party at the next General Election and he will be joined on the ticket by Cllr Lisa McDonald from Piercestown.
A total of 555 party members voted at the Selection Convention held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, tonight (Monday) and the Ard-Comhairle had decided that the party would target two seats at the next election in the Wexford Constituency and the county was divided in two – North and South Wexford.
In North Wexford; James Browne headed the poll with 157 votes – just two under the quota – and on the elmination of Cllr Malcolm Byrne (49) – exceeded the quota and was elected with a total of 167 votes. The other nominations were Cllr Joe Sullivan (58) and Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy (52). Valid poll 317.
In South Wexford; Cllr Lisa McDonald headed the vote with 107, followed by Cllr Michael Sheehan (95) and Cllr Michael Whelan (31). On the elimination of Whelan, McDonald was elected on the second count with 126 votes. The total valid poll was 233. Cllr John Fleming was also nominated but willingly withdrew his name before the vote was taken.
“With me as your candidate leading you into the next General Election and securing two seats for Fianna Fáil I can assure you that Wexford will get a continued recovery, international reputation and a solution to every crisis,” said Deputy Browne, who added; “I am driven to continue working for our party, for you, our members and for this great county.”
Deputy Browne outlined a number of issues to be concerned about and said there was evidence that “rural Ireland has been forgotten by successive Fine Gael governments.”
In her victory speech, Cllr McDonald said she would accept the challenge of winning a second seat for Fianna Fáil in the next General Election and she was delighted to be chosen as a running mate for Deputy Browne. “James could do with a bit of help,” she quipped.
All beaten candidates were gracious in defeat and spoke of their continued support for the party and the chosen election contenders and expressed thanks and praise to all their supporters.
Deputy Sean Fleming acted as master of ceremonies and made reference to the strength of Fianna Fáil in Wexford and he expects Browne and McDonald to deliver two seats at the next General Election.

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