Statistics in from the recent local elections show that 23%, almost one in four voters, gave their first preference vote to Sinn Féin in Wexford town. The exceptional performance is the largest republican vote to emerge from the town in nine decades and shows that the Sinn Féin vote there has rose significantly since the 2011 General Election.
Two of the five Sinn Féin Councillors sitting on Wexford County Council were elected from the Wexford District. They are Wexford town based veteran Cllr Anthony Kelly and newcomer Cllr Mick Roche from Bridgetown. Between them they took three thousand votes.
There were similar surge performances from Sinn Féin Cllr Johnny Mythen in Enniscorthy, Cllr Fionntán O' Súilleabháin in Gorey and Cllr Oisin O' Connell in New Ross. It now seems likely that Sinn Féin will deliver Wexfords first republican TD in over ninety years in the next general election.