It’s time for the young guns

Sean Bellew was one of the three new faces elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2009 and is now hoping to secure the paty’s nomination for the forthcoming general election.

Sean Bellew was one of the three new faces elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2009 and is now hoping to secure the paty’s nomination for the forthcoming general election.

Sean comes from a strong political background.

His late uncle Tom Bellew represented Dundalk West or the Middle Ward as it was then, and his uncle’s popularity undoubtedly helped Sean secure the the town council seat.

He came second to Jim Ryan in Pearse Park and Fr Murray Park and as he said himself at the time, a lot of that was due to the popularity of his uncle Tom.

But Sean has established his own name with a very impressive performance on the town council since his election.

He has fought to see the restoration of the character of Dundalk town centre and has been fully behind the fine work carried out by the council and the Town Centre Commercial Manager.

“I will be leaving the decision up to the delegares,” he said this week.

“It will be the most interesting election in the past 40 to 50 years, between all that has happened I do think that there is a need for new people in Fianna Fáil.

“It’s a bit like the manager of a football team playing with the same squad and now having to replace them with a young side.

“The last two Taoisigh over the past 13 years have continually had the same people in cabinet, and no disrespect to them, but it is time for a new generation.

“Labour is having to build in Britain after being in power for the same number of years as Fianna Fáil, and before that the Conservatives had to sort themselves out, and that’s what’s needed here with Fianna Fáil.

“Maybe I’m one of life’s optimists, but I see a good side to the current situstion that the party finds itself in.

“There comes a stage when it’s time for somebody new and young to come along.”