BY DAN WALSH
The temperature in the local political scene is heading towards boiling point this week with a number of dramatic happenings as Fianna Fail adds two more candidates to the ticket and Verona Murphy, already on the Fine Gael General Election ticket, being unanimously added to the by-election challenge.
Deputy James Browne and Cllr Lisa McDonald had already been chosen to represent Fianna Fáil in the next General Election, but in a dramatic move, believed to have been motivated from headquarters, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council and Cllr Malcolm Byrne, who ran a very successful campaign in the European Elections, have been added to the ticket.
Cllr Sheehan said that he and Cllr Byrne have been selected to run for the Party in the next General Election. “I am looking forward to fighting the good fight and representing the people of County Wexford. I am ready to give it my best shot,” Cllr Sheehan told Alan Corcoran on South East Radio this morning.
Cllr Byrne is of the opinion that a by-election will occur and he is ready to contest it. “It is an honour to be on the ticket,” concluded the Cathaoirleach of the Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District.
However, not everybody within Fianna Fáil is happy to have four candidates running in a five-seat Wexford constituency!
Speaking to Independent.ie, Cllr Lisa McDonald, a former Senator and elected to Wexford County Council in the Rosslare Municipal District last May protested that she was not consulted before the decision was made. “I am not going to be bullied, I’m not sure what the future holds, but I am determined to represent the people of Wexford,” she said. Interesting times head… in the near future!