Longford MD Election Profiles: First time candidate Gerard Cooney eyeing council seat

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Longford MD Election Profiles: First time candidate Gerard Cooney eyeing council seat

Gerard Cooney, Fine Gael

He may be a newcomer to the local political field, but Fine Gael's Gerard Cooney is certainly not intent on making up the numbers.

A farmer by trade, the father of three believes those duties together with his roles in many agricultural officerships over the years have given him an in-depth understanding of issues pertaining to rural life.

And his focus doesn't stop there.

Among his key policy areas include bringing about water quality improvements at Lough Forbes, addressing Longford's derelict housing stock and rural crime prevention.

“Upgrading broadband is absolutely central to business and enterprise in Longford,” he argues

“In a post Brexit world this will be of critical importance to Longford.”

One of the main catalysts behind his decision to run centred largely on recent boundary withdrawal changes.

“With my locality being cut off, there was an opportunity for this area to be represented and Newtownforbes, my adjacent district hasn't been represemnted for the last two elections,” he said.

“As a local family man who understands Longford, its communities, people and priorities, I pledge that I will do my utmost for my community so that our county reaches its full potential in all areas of life.”