Westlife singer Shane Filan's brother to run for RENUA in election
Published 27/07/2015 | 11:34
RENUA Ireland have selected Finbarr Filan as the party candidate for Sligo Leitrim.
Sligo man Finbarr is the twelfth candidate to be selected by Lucinda Creighton's party.
He is the brother of Westlife star Shane Filan.
A new-comer to the political scene in Ireland, 47-year-old Filan is a qualified Manufacturing Engineer who has worked in and managed in manufacturing, retail and construction.
He made his first foray into politics when he was selected to be a street ambassador for the internationally recognised Sligo Purple Flag.
As well as acting as Chairman of the Sligo Business Improvement District, Finbarr also holds council membership with Sligo Chamber and has influenced their transition in being more connected and relevant to the city centre business community.
‘‘For years I, like so many others, have complained about our politicians and the waste that is so visible in the public sector throughout our country," he said.
"I welcomed the birth of RENUA as a new broom that could provide the leadership and direction that is so badly need in Ireland today.
"Ireland needs a new politics centred on integrity: I believe Lucinda Creighton and RENUA can provide this.
"From my work in town and city centre management, I have experienced firsthand the frustration of the real time environment of retail business dealing with a monolith of a local authority.
"We need change and I would welcome the opportunity to be part of and help lead this change.
"I believe I have the character, personality, ability and life experience to win a seat for RENUA in Sligo Leitrim.
"I am passionate in my belief that greater assistance could be given to assist those in the SME sector (currently employing 800,000 people) and that lessons learned in larger companies are transferable to smaller business units."
RENUA leader, Lucinda Creighton TD said that Finbarr Filan "typifies the new breed of candidates RENUA Ireland is attracting".
"Unlike the old dynastic parties they are new to politics.
"Finbarr is the latest new voice bringing new ideas who has decided RENUA is the only new option for those who want to develop new ways of governing Ireland.
"He is an entrepreneur, on the high street who has experienced the highs and the lows of business and can bring the sort of ‘can do’ pragmatism to Irish politics which is sorely needed.’’