Breda Cahill thought to be planning to join election race

David Tucker

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Breda Cahill.
Breda Cahill.

Returned emigrant, businesswoman Breda Cahill from Ballybrittas, Bree, is thought to be planning to join the election race as an Independent.

Rejected by Fianna Fail when at the age of 20 she ran for the Wexford County Council election 35 years ago, she was one of the youngest candidates at the time.

The 55 year old is playing her cards close to her chest about her plans for the general election and is believed to be planning to declare her intentions in the next few weeks.

In today's issues of this newspaper she has taken out an advertisement reprinting copies of letters she sent to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, earlier this year.

In the letters she urged the writing off of some of Greece's debt and said the austerity policies of the IMF and the Troika had led to shocking and unacceptable poverty in those countries which received bailouts.

She said both leaders, who had been previously resistant, had changed their policies on debt reduction since the letters were sent to them.

Breda Cahill graduated in law from Waterford Institute of Technology and earned a diploma in Social Studies from St. Patrick's College, Maynooth before she emigrated to New York in 1985 where she set up several businesses in the hospitality and catering business.

She is former vice-president of the Irish Business organisation of New York. She was for many years president of the Wexford Association of New York before handing over to another Wexford exile the lawyer John O. Murphy a native of Ramsgrange last month.

Since her return to Wexford in the past three years, she has worked in her spare time as a public advocate with a number of charities here. She is also a member of Bree ICA and sings in the local church choir. She and her son Brendan live with her mother Anna, whose late husband William 'Grace' Cahill was well known in the GAA.

Asked what her objectives are, Breda said she 'would like to help fix her broken county'.

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