Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

THE Browne name will once again ap­pear on the bal­lot pa­per in next year’s lo­cal elec­tions, it was con­firmed as Fianna Fáil held their se­lec­tion con­ven­tion in En­nis­cor­thy last week.

A first cousin of TD James Browne, Ai­dan Browne of Gort na Gréine is to chal­lenge for a seat in the En­nis­cor­thy area along­side sit­ting Fianna Fáil coun­cil­lors Keith Doyle and Bar­bara Anne Mur­phy.

While Cllr Wil­lie Ka­vangh moves into the newly formed Kil­muck­ridge elec­toral district, the party de­cided to run a third can­di­date in the En­nis­cor­thy area in any case. While the over­whelm­ing hope within Fianna Fáil is that all three will make it past the post, it can hardly have been a pop­u­lar move with Cllr Doyle who now faces ex­tra com­pe­ti­tion for votes within his home­town.

Orig­i­nally from Mar­shal­stown, Ai­dan is mar­ried to Christina and has one daugh­ter Darcy aged 5. This is not the first in­ter­est he has taken in run­ning for the coun­cil. In 2009, Ai­dan had been due to run for the town coun­cil, even­tu­ally be­ing re­placed by his cousin James who topped the poll.

‘I was look­ing to go at that time, but I think the tim­ing just wasn’t right,’ he ex­plained. ‘I was about to get mar­ried and a lot was go­ing on.’

Ai­dan worked in the main­te­nance side of things at Cas­tle Gar­dens nurs­ing home for around seven years, be­fore tak­ing up a role at En­nis­cor­thy Vo­ca­tional Col­lege ear­lier this year. He also comes from a sport­ing back­ground and is heav­ily in­volved with Moyne Rangers, where he is the man­ager of the first time. As well as this, he takes a great in­ter­est in Mar­shal­stown GAA Club.

Speak­ing af­ter his en­dorse­ment at the party’s se­lec­tion con­ven­tion, Ai­dan hopes that he can make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

‘I think coun­cil­lors can make a huge dif­fer­ence, work­ing and liv­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties,’ he said. ‘I’d be out there and talk­ing to peo­ple and I know the is­sues. My pri­or­i­ties will be look­ing af­ter lo­cal mat­ters and to keep sell­ing En­nis­cor­thy. They’re do­ing a good job of that al­ready, but I think it’s a great place to work and live. Apart from that, I’d just want to work hard for the peo­ple.’

Af­ter Christ­mas, things are sure to step up a notch in terms of cam­paign­ing for the lo­cal elec­tions, how­ever, at this early stage, Ai­dan and Fianna Fáil are hope­ful of a clean sweep.

‘Well, I think James is keen and we’re all hope­ful that we can take the three seats in En­nis­cor­thy,’ he said. ‘It will be tough go­ing, but that’s the goal any­way.’

Ai­dan Browne

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