In the past week since local councillor Jim D'Arcy announced that he is seeking a nomination from Fine Gael to run in the General Election, party members in Louth have come out in support of his decision.
"Jim D'Arcy should be the Fine Gael candidate for Louth because he is the right candidate," said Brendan McGahon, former TD for Louth.
"Jim has earned his right. He has been a double councillor for the last 12 years and is a very capable man. He is committed to his native town and county and he is pleasant to deal with.
"Cllr D'Arcy is also a popular man locally. He's done a lot of good work for Dundalk and greater Louth. Personally I object to people being put forward to run for election when they don't have the hands-on experience that Jim D'Arcy has."
With over 30 years in politics, Brendan McGahon said that it is ominous that Jim isn't the chosen disciple but said that Jim is in fact the best man for the job.
"He has a huge amount of local support and strong political experience," said Brendan.
"He has my full support and the support of other Fine Gael members in Louth. Producing a man out of the closet isn't the way forward given the nature of the political world that we live in today.
"The party must listen to the local people here in Louth. Fine Gael don't want to be giving away a seat this time around and need to learn from the last election. Jim D'Arcy did well back then and whilst he didn't get elected, he should do well this time around if we base the nominations on the needs of the local people."
Commenting on issues facing local people today, Cllr D'Arcy said: "The wage cuts of the past week should be a 'wake up' call to everyone that it is time to get rid of the current government which has all but ruined the country. Fine Gael is the party with the best people and the best policies to put the country back on its feet. There should be a General Election as soon as possible.
"I have been and always will be committed to the people of Louth. We must help to retain employment and create new jobs.
"We need to reverse the negative cycle of what has been happening here for the past few years for the better. We simply cannot continue to have people lose their jobs. We need a change and I hope to be able to influence and be part of that change and I hope that my political experience is taken into consideration when it comes to nomination day."
l Cllr Jim D'Arcy
l Brendan McGahon