Labour selects four election candidates in southern districts

Cllr: Aoife Breslin, centre and Cllr. Mark Wall, on the left,will contest the local elections next year on behalf of the Labour Party.
The Labour Party last week selected its candidates to run in the two southern municipal districts, Athy and Newbridge.

The Labour Party last week selected its candidates to run in the two southern municipal districts, Athy and Newbridge.

Without contest, the party selected two candidates in each of the two districts.

Speaking to the Leinster Leader, Cllr. Aoife Breslin, one of two selected for the Athy District, admitted that it was a “bit of a damp squib”.

“Some time ago the party asked for expressions of interest from members. And then the party made a decision on how many candidates it was likely to run in each District.”

Cllr. Breslin will be joined by Cllr. Mark Wall in contesting the six-seat Athy District.

Meanwhile Cllr. Willie Hamilton, the current deputy Mayor of Newbridge, has been selected along with Cllr. Francis Browne to contest the nine-seat Newbridge District.

Cllr. Hamilton and Cllr. Breslin are currently not members of Kildare County Council, but are on Newbridge and Athy Town Council respectively.

Cllr. Breslin, a grandniece of famous labour leader Jim Larkin, was co-opted onto Athy Town Council following the departure of Deputy Jack Wall in 2002.

Cllr Hamilton, a long time trade union official, is Chair of the Kildare Local Employment Service.

In both Districts the party lost high profile members with the resignation of Cllr. Thomas Redmond in Athy and Cllr. Damian Molyneaux in Newbridge.

Cllr. Redmond joined Sinn Fein and is expected to contest the election fir them. Meanwhile Cllr. Molyneaux remains an independent.

Meanwhile, party members in the Naas area are set to meet this evening in the Town House to pick three candidates for the forthcoming election.

Two sitting Town Councillors, Anne Breen and Ger Dunne, and Fergus Carpenter have put their names forward and with only three candidates going forward, all three three will be selected.

And party members in the Celbridge area will meeting on Thursday, December 5 to decide the party’s candidates.