Fine Gael confirm candidates for upcoming local elections
Five candidates are on the Fine Gael ticket in North Wexford hoping to win a number of seats in the new Gorey-Kilmuckridge district.
The new boundary changes has given rise to two separate electoral areas in North Wexford, Gorey and Kilmuckridge. The two electoral areas will join forces for the municipal district meetings but will be separate in terms of representation and funding.
The Gorey district will have six councillors while Kilmuckridge will have four.
In the Gorey district Fine Gael are running three candidates, only one of whom is a sitting councillor.
Cllr Anthony Donohoe received the nod to run again for the part at a recent selection convention.
Speaking afterwards he said 'I have worked hard for people in the district over the last five years and I am committed to advancing the work I have already done if I'm re-elected.'
The two new candidates in the Gorey District are Elaine Clarke and Diarmuid Devereux.
Originally from Dublin Elaine moved to Courtown 20 years ago. Passionate about the movement to get a new secondary school opened in Gorey, Elaine has been very vocal lobbying the Government in recent months. With the aim of being a 'voice for the ordinary people in the community', Elaine is motivated to improve all amenities in the District of Gorey.
Diarmuid is a Gorey native and he worked with Telecom Eireann for 28 years and also spent 15 years as MD Cork based MDK Ltd.
He also was chairman of Wexford GAA County Board for five years and is the current vice chairman of St Aidan's Services in Gorey. He is also CEO of Gorey Chamber of Commerce.
Two Fine Gael candidates will battle it out for a seat in the new Kilmuckridge district.
Cllr Oliver Walsh is a sitting councillor and previously contested the election in the Enniscorthy electoral area.
A former chairman of Wexford County Council Oliver is from Inch, Blackwater and had a proven record in politics. He is very connected to the farming families in the area.
The final candidate is Edel Gahan from Boolavogue.
Edel was Vice Chair of the IFA in Wexford, having also held a strong Vice Chair role on the National Farm Business Committee for the IFA. Backed by her family and extended family, Edel believes she brings a choice for change on this year's ballot paper.