Kilkenny councillor quits Labour to join Sinn Féin
Kilkenny Labour councillor Denis Hynes has quit the party to join Sinn Féin.
The Goresbridge man, who who represents the Castlecomer Electoral Area on Kilkenny County Council, stood for Labour in the last General Election.
But this morning it was confirmed the well-known trade union official will now represent Sinn Féin.
In a statement, Cllr Hynes said: “I am very pleased to join Sinn Féin, because I firmly believe the party is genuinely committed to delivering the type of change that Ireland needs.
“That means putting workers and families first, building homes, addressing the crisis in our health service, tackling the spiralling cost of living and starting to plan for Irish Unity.
“I very much look forward to working with the party locally and nationally to deliver the change that’s required.”
Local Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion added: “I have known Cllr. Denis Hynes for many years and he is first class public representative.
“A tireless campaigner on behalf of workers and families, Denis is a fantastic addition to the Sinn Féin team and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.”