Bell rings on Labour bid

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

THE LABOUR Party looks set to have three names on their town ticket in the next lo­cal elec­tions, with Her­itage Park man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Maura Bell hop­ing to se­cure ap­proval to run in next year’s race.

Ms Bell would join Cllr Ge­orge Lawlor, and for­mer coun­cil­lor Joe Ryan, in the new seven-seat town district.

Ms Bell, whose fam­ily is steeped in Labour, said that tak­ing a leap into pol­i­tics was some­thing that she had al­ways thought about, say­ing the de­ci­sion to run was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion. She said she had sought and re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion and was hop­ing that the party would ap­prove her as a can­di­date at their con­ven­tion later this month.

Ms Bell is well known for her work in the Ir­ish Na­tional Her­itage Park and said that, ob­vi­ously, her own area of ex­per­tise and fo­cus would be tourism and ev­ery­thing that went with it: ‘I’d be look­ing at how we can get more of our slice of the pie, and ask why we aren’t at the mo­ment,’ she re­marked.

She said she was very op­ti­mistic about her new de­par­ture, adding that she wouldn’t have put her name for­ward if she didn’t feel con­fi­dent about win­ning a seat.

‘I’m look­ing for­ward to it and I’ll go for it 100% as is the case with ev­ery­thing I do.’

Orig­i­nally from John’s Road, Ms Bell be­lieves her party will per­form well in the lo­cal elec­tions: ‘I think the time is right for Labour to re­gain a foothold in the town. I don’t think peo­ple re­alise just how much Bren­dan Howlin did for the town as Min­is­ter; we would be in a much sor­rier state if not for him.’

Maura Bell: Labour am­bi­tions.

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