Granard Municipal District candidate Amanda Duffy promises to offer fresh perspective

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Meet the candidate: Granard Municipal District Amanda Duffy (Fianna Fáil)

Granard Municipal District candidate Amanda Duffy has said more needs to be done to tackle the dangers of social media

Drumlish native Amanda Duffy is one of the four Fianna Fáil candidates in the Granard Municipal District race.

FF and FG won three seats apiece in the 2014 local election in Granard, but this time round a seat less is on offer making matters far more competitive. This election also sees two experienced Granard MD FF councillors - Luie McEntire and Martin Mulleady - bow out of local politics.

Amanda believes rural Ireland, including, north Longford, needs a boost of energy, and she wants to assist voluntary and community organisations so that communities go from strength to strength.

Employed as a hair salon manager, she decided to run for election ‘because I have a fresh perspective to offer the people of the Granard electoral area’.

The dangers of social media is an issue that has been highlighted to Amanda during her canvass and she said that while great strides have been made in relation to infrastructure and services she believes that there is much more to do.

“If elected I will work with all groups, organisations and other elected representatives to tackle rural isolation, enhance infrastructure, and increase funding for community and voluntary organisations.”

Describing herself as hardworking, Amanda says she is very approachable and that she will deliver on the issues that matter.