Blog: Gorey and Enniscorthy with Cllr. Johnny Mythen

IMG_20150626_122104The sun shone brightly when I visited Gorey and Enniscorthy recently with Sinn Féin GE Candidate and all-round great guy Councillor Johnny Mythen.

It was fantastic to catch up with Ray Cullen of Gorey-based suicide and self-harm prevention community group {talk.to.tom}. Ray was in Brussels last month as part of my mental health and wellbeing delegation, and I’m glad to see the links built that day are paying dividendsas {talk.to.tom} shares expertise and experience with similar groups around the country. Johnny and myself got to tour the new premises above the fundraising shop, which will allow the organisation take more calls, offer more help and continue their good work in providing a support for those in most need.

  IMG_20150626_135049Agriculture is the backbone of our rural economy and my next meeting was with the chairman and board of Co. Wexford IFA in Enniscorthy. Johnny and I got a full briefing from representatives of the dairy, tillage, sheep and beef sectors, as well as hearing of some of the common concerns for farmers and food producers. The price of fertiliser, bans on slurry spreading, the failure of Government to support sheep farmers in maintaining our national herd, the impending price crisis in the dairy sector, the farm safety scheme deadline and the dangers of TTIP were all discussed at length. It was great to have an opportunity to provide feedback on the work that Sinn Féin through Minister Michelle O’Neill in the 6 county executive, Martin Ferris in the Dáil, and MEP Matt Carthy on the EU Agriculture Committee.

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      No republican can go to Wexford without paying tribute to the rebels of 1798 and I was delighted to bump into a few at the terrific 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy, before visiting the local Men’s Shed, where I was presented with a beautiful plaque commemorating the upcoming centenary of a more recent rebellion.

The spirit of 1798 and 1916 is alive and well in Wexford.

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