Green Party kicks off election campaign

By Fintan Lambe

Published 13/01/2016 | 00:00

Ann Walsh, Green Party election candidate, is pictured at her campaign launch in The Golden Anchor, Castletown, on Friday night last with Cllr. Miriam Murphy from Arklow, and former Green Party leader and guest speaker Trevor Sargent.
Ann Walsh, Green Party election candidate, is pictured at her campaign launch in The Golden Anchor, Castletown, on Friday night last with Cllr. Miriam Murphy from Arklow, and former Green Party leader and guest speaker Trevor Sargent.
Ann Walsh, pictured with her husband, Pat Walsh and parents, Michael and Mary Kiely. Front, daughters, Aine and Niamh Walsh.

THERE was a large turnout in The Golden Anchor, Castletown, on Friday night, for the election campaign launch of Green Party candidate and local woman Ann Walsh.

Guest speaker on the evening was former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent who now lives in County Wexford.

New Ross native Ann is the daughter of Mary and Michael Kiely, Irishtown. She has lived in Castletown for the past 18 years with her husband Pat and two daughters.

Ann works as a psychologist and psychotherapist, and has considerable experience in the area of mental health and disability - both of which are her priorities for the upcoming election.

She was delighted on the evening to hear Trevor speak about the environment, emissions, and a longer term vision. 'I believe politics should be about a longer term vision, not political point scoring,' she said. 'I always look for integrity and heart, and I found that in Eamon Ryan and the Green Party.'

She said that the party is fielding 30 candidates across the country, and she is delighted the people of Co Wexford will have the opportunity to vote for a Green Party candidate.

She said that her knowledge of how the health system works, through her work as a psychologist and psychotherapist, mean that mental health is one of her big issues in her campaign.

'I have been political for years,' she stated. 'I have put my voice out there. I wouldn't do it for any other party but the Green Party which has a long term vision.'

Ann admitted that she has a small team helping her on her campaign as the Green Party is small, and she won't be able to knock on every door in the county asking for votes, but she hopes that with the support of family and friends, she can run a good campaign.

She is currently busy promoting mental health reform and will speak at a public event in Dublin next week. For more information, see Ann Walsh, Green Party, Wexford, on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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