Sinn Féin will attack corruption and waste in the new County Council according to their five new reps. Cllr Anthony Kelly, Cllr Mick Roche, Cllr Oisin O' Connell, Cllr Johnny Mythen and Cllr Fionntán O' Súilleabháin held a meeting shortly after their historic election success last week to lay out their plan of action for the new term.
While job creation, tackling the rates crisis, water quality and social housing all topped the agenda, all five of the new Councillors vowed to deal head on with the junket culture that has turned so many people away from politics.
"People are sick of politics in this country," Cllr Anthony Kelly said, "You can't blame them. For years our local Councils have been operated in a wasteful manner, allowing representatives to claim large expenses for attending conferences in other counties, and in some extreme cases, in other countries."
"This county has been crippled by austerity and the majority of people are feeling under pressure. There is already a general feeling among the public that our TDs are out of touch with the reality of everyday life in this country. They feel that most of our public reps are not aware of how bad things really are. If this council is to be effective, we must immediately make bold moves to show the people of Wexford that we are here to represent them, not to feather our own nests."
Cllr Mick Roche, a first time representative from Bridgetown, said that he feels he emphasise with the many people who did not vote in the recent elections as he was somebody who has been on the outside looking in. "I completely understand that people are tired of the old system," he said, "That's why it's so important that we change things now. We were not elected to get paid to go to weekend conferences in Donegal on how to use facebook or a midweek trip to Kerry to learn about public speaking. We were elected to fix this county and give those people who have been ignored for eighty years by this state a voice at the top table."
"Its our intention to shake things up and bring about real change for the better in this county" Mr Roche added.