Youthful look to Fine Gael south Longford line up

Local Fine Gae candidates for the next Local Election: Cllr Colm Murray, Geraed Farrell, Paul Ross, and Cllr Sean Farrell. Photo: Declan Gilmore
Fine Gael selected its last remaining candidates for the 2014 Local Elections in Longford without a contest on Sunday.

Fine Gael selected its last remaining candidates for the 2014 Local Elections in Longford without a contest on Sunday.

Four men contended for the nominations in the Ballymahon Electoral Area and all were chosen - sitting councillors Sean Farrell and Colm Murray and newcomers Paul Ross and Gerard Farrell.

Mr Ross (36), a constituency secretary to local TD James Bannon, was joined on the party ticket by Lanesboro businessman, Gerard Farrell.

The thirty-two-year-old boasts a strong party background and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Adie who served on Longford Council for almost four decades.

“I have faced many challenges in young life already and this is another,” Mr Farrell told the Leader on Monday.

“In that time I have worked hard, it’s the way I have been brought up. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to and one that I don’t intend to fail in.”

Sitting councillors Sean Farrell and Colm Murray (26) complete the new-look and decidedly youthful Fine Gael line up in what is a much changed Ballymahon (South Longford) area following the retirements of Co Mayor Cllr Larry Bannon (FG) and Barney Steele (FF).