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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Seconds out as FG contender Kenny hits the campaign trail

Joyce Fegan

Published 26/02/2014 | 02:30

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Kenneth Egan canvasses with Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the home of Julie Gough and her 12-year-old daughter Emily in the Woodford Estate, Clondalkin, Co Dublin. Mark Stedman

Olympic silver medallist and Fine Gael local elections candidate Kenneth Egan has hit the campaign trail for the first time.

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The silver medal winner (32) began canvassing in Clondalkin yesterday with Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

The South Dublin County Council candidate for Fine Gael was out talking to voters in the Woodford Estate and spoke to local resident Julie Gough and her 12-year-old daughter Emily.

Announcing his decision to run in the May 23 local elections, Mr Egan said he was "delighted to be joining Fine Gael's team" and "is running to make a difference".

Local TD Ms Fitzgerald welcomed the Olympic boxer into the race and Mr Egan said her policies in relation to young people "really make sense".

The Fine Gael candidate also stated that he had a particular interest in working with young people and in the area of mental health. Referring to his own challenges with alcohol and drugs, he said he had "been there, seen that, worn the T-shirt. I know what addiction is all about. I live it every day.

"I really enjoyed getting out and meeting the people in my local area and speaking about the kind of things they are looking to change or need help with. I'm very committed to this campaign and plan on working really hard to win the seat."

Irish Independent

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