Monday 17 June 2019

Comiskey to contest convention

Former Senator and General Election Candidate, Michael Comiskey has thanked all those who have nominated him in advance of the Fine Gael Selection Convention which will take place on July 19th.

This will be the fourth time that Comiskey has contested a Fine Gael Selection Convention and was selected to stand for the party in 2007 and elected to the Seanad in 2011.

Speaking after the close of nominations on Friday evening, Comiskey said he was delighted and honoured to have been selected and is now working tirelessly to meet with members and seek their support.

"It is an honour to have been nominated and I am very much enjoying meeting party members again and setting out my hopes and aspirations for the future and listening to the concerns and priorities of members."

"It is more than 10 years since I first put my name before a Selection Convention and I have been privileged to work for the members of Fine Gael and the people Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal over that period and I am looking forward to continuing with that work. I am also looking forward to working with members from Roscommon who will be joining this new constituency."

"I have experience being a member of the Oireachtas and I want to bring that experience to represent the people of this constituency to the best of my ability and address the many issues that will play an important part in our lives over the coming years."

"We are still a largely rural constituency and I believe that my track-record and knowledge of agriculture and rural issues is an important asset as we try to resolve the Brexit negotiations and its impact on agriculture and prepare for discussions on the next Common Agriculture Programme. Having represented this area for more than 30 years, including five years as Senate Spokesperson on Agriculture I would welcome the opportunity to continue to bring my experience and skills to this area."

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