A West Wicklow woman has thrown her hat into the ring for upcoming General Election.
Dunlavin native Avril Cronin (29) has been added to the Fine Gael ticket along with sitting TDs Andrew Doyle and Simon Harris.
PA to Independent TD Peter Mathews since 2011, Ms Cronin is a former employee of Kildare County Council and Kildare- West Wicklow Community Addiction Services.
'I have been actively involved with Fine Gael in Wicklow for a number of years, currently secretary of my local branch in Dunlavin and am proud and honoured to be a General Election candidate for the party,' she said.
Ms Cronin added that she is proud to represent Fine Gael in the 2016 elections.
'I am proud to represent a party that encourages change, equality and empowerment of those who genuinely want to make a difference within their local communities. Growing up in a family that have always been heavily involved in the local community, whether it was the GAA, the local Comhaltas group, the Credit Union or the schools, I have become passionate about the local area where I live and have great pride in my native West Wicklow.'
Deputy Harris desribed Ms Cronin as a 'superb candidate', while Deputy Doyle commended her record of work with Fine Gael, saying her inclusion will 'strongly boost the party's hopes of success in the Wicklow constituency'.