Mythen to con­test elec­tion for Sinn Fein

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

CLLR Johnny Mythen will be Sinn Fein’s can­di­date in the next Gen­eral Elec­tion.

The party held its gen­eral elec­tion con­ven­tion in Ferns re­cently in front of a large crowd which in­cluded Sinn Fein vice-pres­i­dent Mary Lou McDon­ald and MEP for Ire­land South Li­adh Ni Ri­ada.

Cllr Mythen was unan­i­mously se­lected by all Sinn Fein Cu­mann’s in Wex­ford to con­test the next gen­eral elec­tion for the party.

Speak­ing after­wards Cllr Mythen said: ‘I am very hum­bled but also very proud to ac­cept the nom­i­na­tion. We were very un­lucky not to take a seat on the last oc­ca­sion with a mere 31 votes sep­a­rat­ing my­self and Paul Ke­hoe. I be­lieve the next time round we can take a seat in County Wex­ford.

‘The party sup­port is grow­ing at a good steady rate and we are in the process of ac­quir­ing a full time of­fice in En­nis­cor­thy. We also have a strate­gic elec­tion plan in place so things are look­ing bright for the fu­ture.’

Cllr Mythen said the party’s rea­son­ing be­hind hold­ing a con­ven­tion so early was sim­ple.

‘We be­lieve a gen­eral elec­tion can be called at any mo­ment be­cause the cur­rent Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion is a volatile one. They are re­ly­ing on a mot­ley crew of in­de­pen­dents and are sub­ject to a con­fi­dence and sup­ply deal that re­quires a nod from Fianna Fail on ev­ery piece of leg­is­la­tion passed.

‘A good ex­am­ple of this was the elec­tion of two Fine Gael Taoisigh sup­ported by a party claim­ing to be the main op­po­si­tion.’

Chan­nelling the words of Ben­jamin Franklin Cllr Mythen said: ‘if you fail to plan then you plan to fail’.

Cllr. Oisín O’Connell, Cllr. An­thony Kelly, Mary Lou McDon­ald, deputy leader of Sinn Féin, Cllr. Johnny Mythen, Li­adh Ní Ri­ada MEP, Cllr. Mick Roche and Cllr. Fion­ntán Ó Súil­leab­háin at the Wex­ford Sinn Féin Con­ven­tion in The Court­yard, Ferns.

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