Cllr Mark Lynch and and Catalan MEP Jordi Sole pictured recently
Newbridge councillor, Mark Lynch has declared he will not be putting himself forward to contest the next general election for Sinn Fein, and instead nominated Patricia Ryan for the job.
The party will be holding their selection conventions Kildare North and South next week.
Names are currently being sought by Sinn Fein from local Cumann (working groups) for who they wish to propose to contest the general election for the party, at whatever time the election falls, pre or post Christmas.
Despite being previously nominated by local Cumann to stand for the general election, Cllr Mark Lynch did not put his name forward at yesterday’s meeting and asked members to support Patricia Ryan.
"Tonight I proposed Patricia Ryan to stand for Sinn Fein, I am concentrating on my council work and my business at this moment in time and will not be contesting the general election,” he said.
At the meeting at Teach Dara, Kildare Town, the Grey Abbey Martyrs Cumann selected Patricia Ryan of Monasterevin to contest the the ticket for Sinn Fein in Kildare South.
Cllr Lynch proposed Ms Ryan and Cumann Chair Noel Connolly seconded the candidate.
"Patricia gave a great showing at the last election and will again seek to oppose the stale status quo in Kildare of the same old FF/FG/Labour politicians making the same old promises, which they soon break. I will be asking Sinn Fein members to support Patricia for the Sinn Fein ticket next week," said Cllr Lynch.
Ryan, who was a relative unknown in political circles when she was first selected to run in the last general election, notched up 4,267 first preference votes securing 11.6 per cent of the spoils. This vote produced a 5.6 per cent increase in Sinn Fein’s vote on the previous general election, which saw Newbridge candidate Jason Turner secure 2,308 votes.
Although the Monasterevin resident’s supporters were disappointed she didn’t win a seat, her solid performance has to be acknowledged.
Meanwhile, in Kildare North, sitting councillor, Reada Cronin received 6.5 per cent of the vote with 3,205 first preferences. She received her biggest support in Derrinturn, Clane, Prosperous and Naas.