FRED Matthews, former director of elections for Fine Gael in Louth, is throwing his hat into the election ring.
The Dundalk-born businessman who established pharmacies in Ardee, Dunleer and Drogheda, has said he wants to see a greater honesty in Irish politics and will seek a Fine Gael nomination in the forthcoming General election.
"I want to keep fine Gael honest," he said.
"I am Louth through-and-through with 35 years experience in the business and community life of the county.
"Family-wise my father is from mid-louth and my mother is from Hill Street Dundalk. Both the Matthews and Gosling names are well known in Dundalk
"My business is pharmacy and I successfully operated three community-based pharmacies in Ardee, Drogheda and Dunleer. Currently I operate a pharmacy in Park Street Dundalk.
"The next election requires a candidate with a business background and the ability to run a department if asked.
"I believe I have these qualities and as my background shows have always liked challenges."
"I have been active in FG since the late 60s.
"I have never considered a career in public life, but now feel I can offer a different perpespective to politics.
He playing rugby with Dundalk RFC and served on the committee. In gaelic games he won a senior championship medal with St Marys of Ardee and was also a club officer.
When he lived at Monasterboice he was involved in coaching Naoimh Martin.
He was a founder of Ardee RFC and is a former coach and president.
In the 1980s he turned a disused factory in Ardee into smaller units in an effort to create local jobs.
He is a former director of Ardee Credit Union of which his father was a founding member.
He served on the North Eastern Health Board.
l Fred Matthews