Former Director of Elections joins battle

FRED Matthews, former director of elections for Fine Gael in Louth, is throwing his hat into the election ring.

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