Fine Gael has chosen its three candidates who will be running for election in the Longford town area in next year’s local elections .
Sitting Councillors, Peggy Nolan and John Browne will both run again, while newcomer Yvonne Ni Mhurchu, principal Gaelscoil, Longfoirt will also seek election on the FG ticket..
During the convention, sitting councillors Gerry Brady and Victor Kiernan announced their retirement from the local political arena, while North/West MEP Jim Higgins who chaired the event last Sunday evening at the Longford Arms Hotel, confirmed that he would be seeking a nomination to run in the European elections next June alongside Mairead McGuinness.
Speaking to the Leader following her victory Cllr Nolan, who has represented the people of Longford town for the last 15 years said, “I am delighted; I feel Longford has turned a corner and while I have the same fears as everyone else, I hope that the people of Longford will trust me again to work on their behalf”. Meanwhile, Cllr John Browne who was co-opted onto Longford Co Council 18 months ago following Alan Mitchell’s appointment to the bench said he was determined to secure a much coveted seat on the local authority next year.
“I won’t be taking anything for granted, that’s for sure,” added Cllr Browne. “There are very good candidates going forward, and I will certainly be doing my level best to get elected; I am looking forward to the campaign. There are bound to be casualties in the election, and I hope that I am not one of them.”
Ms Ní Mhurchú is now officially following in the political steps of her late father, Peter Murphy who was an independent councillor in the Newtownforbes area for a long number of years.
“I am delighted,” she said, adding that her campaign to secure a seat “begins now”. “My plan is to try and visit every house and present myself as the candidate of the future,” she added. “I want to run a very positive campaign, and work with everyone to make Longford a better place for all of us to live in. I am looking forward to meeting the people and providing new hope.”
Fine Gael is holding its next convention in Granard next Sunday night t while the last convention will be held November in the Ballymahon Electoral Area.