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Finbarr Filan

Finbarr Filan

Finbarr Filan

Renua Ireland have chosen local businessman Finbarr Filan as their candidate for Sligo-North Leitrim-South Donegal-West Cavan in the next General Election.

The former property developer and brother of Westlife singer Shane Filan, was selected at the weekend, following an interview process. This is his first foray into politics.

Lucinda Creighton's party made the decision to announce Finbarr's selection in Dublin and shunned a local announcement.

Speaking on RTE Radio One's Brendan O'Connor show, Finbarr admitted he and his brother Shane didn't know what they were doing when they began building houses locally. So far they built 60 houses in Dromahair.

Shafin Developments went into receivership in April 2012 owing €5.5million to the banks.

Finbarr took over the Centra store in Castle Street in 2010 and now employs 22 people. Shane Filan subsequently filed for bankruptcy in the UK and is now back living in Sligo.

Finbarr's journey into politics began when he was selected to be a street ambassador for Sligo Purple Flag, the international nightlife tourism award.

Finbarr is now Chairman of the Sligo Business Improvement District which works to offer a sustainable model for town and city centre management that pools resources, agrees activities and makes them happen.

''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, in a statement to The Sligo Champion.

" 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," he said.

"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," he added.

RENUA Ireland leader, Lucinda Creighton TD said 'Finbarr typifies "the new breed of candidates RENUA Ireland is attracting. Unlike the old dynastic parties they are new to politics," she told The Sligo Champion.

"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," she said.

"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," added Ms Creighton.

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