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Green Party Communications | 28.09.2012 | Back to News | News Archive
Green Party selects first candidate for 2014
Last Thursday the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan saw the rebirth of the Green Party in Fingal. The selection convention for the local election candidate for the Balbriggan Ward (which also includes Skerries, Rush, Lusk and much of rural Fingal) saw no less than 4 candidates vying for the position. After an evening of passionate speeches and hard questioning Skerries man Joe O’Brien (35) was successful. Mr O’Brien currently works as a Policy Officer with the NGO Crosscare Migrant Project which works with Irish emigrants, returning Irish emigrants and new immigrants to Ireland.
Afterwards Mr. O’Brien issued the following statement:
"The Green Party in Fingal is on the road back. After learning from difficult local and general elections we are now stronger and wiser. We have regrouped and renewed and now we start the fight to show the people of Fingal that the Green message is more important than ever. Local and national politics remains visionless without the Green Party and I look forward to bringing the Green voice back to Fingal.
I believe it is vital we have a Green perspective on the Council. I want to use that position to oversee and monitor issues like sewage treatment, water quality, planning and how the natural resources of Fingal are protected. The development of a monster sewage plant in particular makes the need for the Green representation on the Council all the more important.
I look forward to meeting the people of Fingal and hearing first-hand how these difficult times are affecting them. I know how the cutbacks in the Council budget are concerning and directly impacting upon people. I have worked all my life for people on the margins - with early school leavers, young offenders, the homeless, Irish emigrants and indeed new immigrants to Ireland and I will bring my connection to those on the margins into my local election campaign. If you feel unheard and forgotten about in Fingal then I want to hear from you. If you feel the environment in your area is not being looked after I want to hear from you.
As a young working father of two young children I know that many of the people of Fingal are struggling with the similar issues to my family – a burdensome mortgage, household bills, childcare, access to healthcare and education for our children.
I particularly want to reach out to people of my age group and those that are rightly tired and bored with politics that pretends to be for the people. Green politics really is something that can improve our local communities and society at large. There is plenty of energy and people out there who want to do something for more than just themselves – we need to show that the Green way is at the same time the most immediate and best long term way of giving something back."
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said "This is the start of the comeback of the Green Party in Ireland. Over the next year we will be selecting candiates in towns and cities across the country who are committed to bringing a Green voice back into Irish politics. We could not start that comeback in a better place than Balbriggan, where for years Trevor Sargent and his team did so much for the local community. We could not start our comeback with a better candidate than Joe O'Brien."