Deputy Sean Sherlock chats with Labour leader Brendan Howlin TD at Fermoy Rowing Club.

The Fermoy & District Branch of the Labour Party hailed the recent visit of party leader Brendan Howlin to the area and have expressed confidence that the party can regroup locally ahead of the upcoming 2019 local elections in Ireland.

Deputy Howlin’s visit included a stopover in Fermoy where he met with local members and visited the site of the under-construction Gaelscoil de hÍde.

Speaking to The Avondhu this week, PRO of the local party branch Joe Tobin said they are ‘very confident’ going forward that they can rebuild the party at local and national level under the leadership of Mr Howlin, adding that the party can see a candidate elected within the Fermoy Municipal District.

On his visit to north Cork, Deputy Howlin met with local branch members and viewed a number of projects that had received funding while he was Minister for Public Expenditure.

“It was important that Deputy Howlin saw first hand the great improvements in flood defences along the Fermoy riverbank,” said Cork East’s Seán Sherlock.

“Similarly the work that had been done through Sports Capital Investment at Fermoy Rowing Club is one that the entire town can be proud of. The riverbank in Fermoy is now a hive of activity,” he added.

Anyone who may be interested in joining the Labour Party can make contact either through the Fermoy Labour Facebook or through Deputy Sherlock’s office.