Eugene Murphy plans to mark his first year in Dáil Éireann with a social for family, friends and supporters in Stevo’s, Shannon Bar, Tarmonbarry this Saturday night.
There will be music and refreshments as well as a raffle on the night in aid of a local charity.
Famed Longford town midwife, Nurse Maguire, presided over Eugene’s birth at her maternity unit on Convent Road in 1958 and the Scramogue man, likes to describe himself as the only “Longford born TD in Dáil Éireann”.
The former Shannonside radio presenter clinched the Dáil seat for Fianna Fáil in Roscommon/Galway twelve months ago, against the predictions of many political pundits.
First elected in 1985 to Roscommon County Council, Deputy Murphy was the youngest member ever elected to that body and subsequently won every local election he contested.
He wears his heart very much on his sleeve when it comes to rural Ireland affairs and as FF’s spokesperson on the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, he recently moved a Bill, which seeks to help address flooding issues along the river Shannon.
The Electricity Supply Amendment Bill 2017 removes outdated water level restrictions on ESB regulated lakes along the Shannon.
He also remains concerned about the infrastructural deficit that affects the region and has been working closely with Longford Chamber of Commerce on the N4 upgrade.
He told the Leader: “The people of Tarmonbarry, Rooskey, Strokestown and the wider constituency have been very good to me. They put their faith in me and it beholds me to champion them and the region in Dail Eireann.”
Deputy Murphy is inviting family, friends and supporters to join him on Saturday night in Stevo’s.