Anne Ferris is the Labour Party’s Local Election Candidate for the Bray East area in County Wicklow. To say that Anne has great experience in being a public representative is quite the understatement! Anne spent almost fifteen years in total as a Councillor on the Bray Town Council and Wicklow County Council. She was the Cathaoirleach of the Bray Council on two occasions and was honoured to be only the second woman in the history of Wicklow County Council to be elected to the position of Cathaoirleach. Anne was employed as Liz McManus’ Constituency Secretary for nearly twenty years and upon Liz’s retirement in 2011, Anne contested and won a seat in Dáil Éireann for the Labour Party. In her time in the Dáil, she was Deputy Chair of the Labour Parliamentary Party and Vice-Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Justice and Equality. She was also a member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee for two years.
Anne was always a vocal spokesperson for women’s rights and she has now added adult education to her list of issues she is passionate about. When she lost her Dáil seat in 2016, she made the decision to apply for the Access to Lifelong Learning course in UCD, a programme that enables and supports people’s return to education. Anne is now half-way through her History & English degree and is due to graduate in 2020.
Anne says: “While I absolutely love my studies in UCD which include networking with both young and mature students, I honestly miss being part of the decision-making process at Council level. I hope that local residents living in the Bray East area will recognise the commitment I have given over the years and will give me their No. 1 Vote in the Local Elections on May 24th. In the meantime if you want to get in touch with me, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email.”