Thursday 18 July 2019

FG select Mallow district local election candidates

Retired insurance agent Liam Madden and solicitor Cian Moriarty selected

Maria Herlihy

Mourneabbey's Liam Madden and solicitor Cian Moriarty have been selected as the two FG candidates in the upcoming local elections in the Mallow catchment region. 

While Cllr John Paul O'Shea's brother, Tony, was hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps, he was not selected at the convention, which was held on Sunday night in the Hi-B Hotel. Donal Buckley of Ballyclough and Brian Hyde were also unsuccesful. 

Cian Moriarty hails from Cork city but now calls Mallow home. Growing up, he spent a decade in the Kingdom as his father - Tom, a garda - was stationed at Abbeydorney. 

He then returned to Cork city and went to UCC, where he studied Philosophy and Sociology. He went on to undertake a Masters in Sociology. 

He then followed the legal route and qualified as a solicitor. He lives in Mallow with his wife, Aimie Brennan. 

Mr Moriarty told The Corkman that he joined Fine Gael quite recently but always had an interest in politics: “When we moved to Mallow, I wanted to get involved in politics as this is now our home,” he said.

When asked about the possibility of FG securing two seats in the region in May, he said both he and Liam would campaign hard to bring about that possibility. 

Liam Madden told The Corkman that he was delighted to have been selected at convention, but it is “now that the battle starts” with the local elections just months away.

He lives in Mourneabbey with his wife, Alice, and he worked in the insurance business for 25 years until he retired. The couple have two sons, David and Seamus. 

He said he has been "an active member" of FG for four decades and, should he succeed in attaining a seat in May, it will then become his full-time job. 

When asked why he put himself forward for convention, he said that he has been dealing with people in his work for many years, whether it was "solving tax problems to pension problems for people", or his involvement in the community. 

On the night of the convention, he said he received the "largest vote" of the candidates put forward.  When asked about FG securing two seats in May, he said the boundary change - with Grenagh and Whitechurch now in the Mallow region - takes in regions that "have strong FG roots", as does Buttevant, where he grew up.  

Last June's boundary review saw the Mallow region emerge as a stand-alone five-seater district - covering a population of about 30,000 people. It encompasses Mallow town and a broad rural hinterland, including the villages of Churchtown, Liscarroll, Buttevant, Dromahane, Glantane, Burnfort, Grenagh, and parts of the Killavullen and Doneraile parishes.