Cathal Byrne, a 27 years old apprentice solicitor from Ballyhogue, has announced his intention to run in the Enniscorthy District in the May Local Elections. He was nominated for the Fine Gael Selection Convention at a packed meeting of local members in Bree on Monday night.
Mr Byrne will be one of three nominations before the Convention in the IFA Centre next Monday night along with sitting Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Paddy Kavanagh.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Byrne said; “I am putting my name forward to run for Wexford County Council because I believe that politics needs new people to get involved and play a part.
“I think it is worrying that so many young people see politics as pointless and I want to help change this perspective by bringing a hard working and common sense approach to local politics. If elected, I will work to secure more investment and good quality jobs for the Enniscorthy area so that people of all ages can work here at home and not have to travel to Dublin or further.
“I believe that like every organisation Wexford County Council can benefit from a mix of youth and experience.”
From Brookhill in Ballyhogue, Cathal is the son of Peter, a beef farmer and Theresa, a primary school teacher and has two brothers Shane and Cormac.
He was educated locally at Kiltealy N.S., Boolavogue N.S, and the FCJ Secondary School in Bunclody. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, with an Honours Degree in Law and Business followed by a Masters in Law.
For the past three years he has worked with at a solicitors office in Enniscorthy. He is now in his final year of study with the Law Society of Ireland in Blackhall Place and will qualify as a solicitor in 2020.
He is an active member of the Wexford Macra, Castledockrell United FC and Ballyhogue GAA. Since 2015 he has served as Development Officer on the Wexford GAA County Board, chairing the Ferns Centre of Excellence Project Team which manage Wexford GAA’s purpose built facilities for county under-age and adult teams located in Ferns.
He is currently Chairperson of Bree Community Employment Scheme, an organisation working to help participants gain employment with local businesses.
At 27, he may be one of the youngest candidates in the county when voters go to the polls in the Local Elections on Friday. May 24th.