Labour meet to reflect on the lo­cal elec­tions

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY MYLES BUCHANAN

MEM­BERS of the Wick­low Labour Party met last Wednesday in the Parkview Ho­tel in New­town­moun­tkennedy to hold their monthly meet­ing.

The gath­er­ing was mainly to re­view the re­sults of the lo­cal elec­tions in Wick­low and to con­grat­u­late the four mem­bers who fought the elec­tions in Bray, Grey­stones and Wick­low town. Labour’s Na­tional Chair­per­son Jack O’Con­nor paid trib­ute to Cllrs Anne Fer­ris and Paul O’Brien, who took seats in Bray and Wick­low town, and also con­grat­u­lated Ian McGa­hon and Anne Waithira Burke for their per­for­mances.

All four can­di­dates thanked the party mem­bers, fam­i­lies and friends who worked tire­lessly dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign to pro­mote the core val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the party.

Jack O’Con­nor, in his ad­dress to the mem­bers, re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to stand as a Labour can­di­date for Wick­low at the next Gen­eral Elec­tion.

‘Labour was writ­ten off at these Lo­cal Elec­tions but it has demon­strated that by win­ning two coun­cil seats that we are re-building strength,’ said Mr O’Con­nor. ‘All of my life since I was 16, I have stood for Labour’s core val­ues of im­prov­ing the lives of work­ing peo­ple and fight­ing for work­ers’ rights. We will fight for de­cent work. We will fight for de­cent wages. We will fight for the right to be rep­re­sented at work. We will fight for in­vest­ment in hous­ing na­tion­ally. This is my pledge as Labour’s Gen­eral Elec­tion can­di­date here in Wick­low.

The Labour party in Wick­low are also look­ing for peo­ple of all ages to join their ranks.

‘If you be­lieve in de­cent work and de­cent wages and be­lieve that you have a right to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the workforce, then the Labour Party is the po­lit­i­cal home for you. We need to make our voices strong and loud, both here in Wick­low and right across the coun­try, to ef­fect the changes that have been largely ig­nored by the gov­ern­ment over the last few years. Any­one who shares our val­ues and wishes to join with us will be welcomed with open arms,’ said Mr O’Con­nor.

Cllr Paul O’Brien, Anne Waithira Burke, Jack O’Con­nor, Cllr Anne Fer­ris and Ian McGa­hon.

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