Plans to cre­ate a new po­lit­i­cal party un­der way

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

THREE County Coun­cil­lors ex­pelled from Sinn Fein in Septem­ber are in the early stages of form­ing their own party.

Coun­cil­lors Gerry O’Neill, John Snell and Oliver O’Brien have al­ready held a num­ber of for­mal meet­ings about the for­ma­tion of a new party which would ad­here to their Repub­li­can prin­ci­ples.

It has also been an­nounced that Rossa Mur­ray, a for­mer mem­ber elected mem­ber of the old Bray Town Coun­cil, has also been re­cruited.

Cllr O’Neill said: ‘We are still or­gan­is­ing our­selves and will be tak­ing our time. It may be early days but my­self, Cllr Snell and Cllr O’Brien will all be work­ing to­gether.

‘We will be no­tice­able as the one group. Rossa Mur­ray is on board now as well and we also have po­ten­tial can­di­dates from Rath­drum and Ark­low.’

While the al­liance may be in the early stages, it looks likely that the for­ma­tion of the new party won’t just be re­stricted to Wick­low, with talks also tak­ing place amongst other for­mer dis­fran­chised mem­bers of Sinn Fein.

‘Peo­ple have shown in­ter­est in a na­tional party. There are 16 coun­ties in all where there are se­ri­ous is­sues with Sinn Fein at the mo­ment.’

Cllr O’Neill said some of the dis­en­fran­chised mem­bers of Sinn Fein were ‘en­gag­ing in dis­cus­sions’ and de­scribed them as be­ing ‘of the same mind’ as him­self, Cllrs Snell and O’Brien and Mr Mur­ray.

Cllr Gerry O’Neill.

Cllr John Snell.

Cllr Oliver O’Brien.

Rossa Mur­ray.

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