LOUTH county councillor Colm Markey will seek the Fine Gael nomination to run for a Dáil seat in Louth/East Meath in the next general election.
Cllr Markey, is a former National President of Macra na Feirme, former board member of the National Youth Council of Ireland and current chairman of the Louth Leader Partnership. He was elected to Louth County Council in 2009.
"I passionately believe that we have to reinvent politics in the lifetime of the next Dil," he said, "and the opportunity to be a part of that is my primary reason in seeking the nomination of the party.
"Through my involvement in representing people at national, local and community level I can see the potential within this constituency which is being hampered by ineffective, inefficient and incompetent government".
"I can better represent the constituency of Louth / East Meath on the national stage and bring a dynamic energy and vitality to politics which voters are crying out for.
"I am representing a generation which has not been represented by our current politicians. These are the people who were a key part of the success of the last 15 years and it is time for their voice to be heard and I intend to be that voice," Cllr Markey said.
He said he feels that Fine Gael is the only party which will bring real change to politics and the country and that the constituency of Louth / East Meath is ready for that change.
"Fine Gael in government can build upon the realistic and innovative policies which we have developed and published based on feedback from people at the coalface.
"We intend to win a minimum of two seats in this constituency and if selected by our members, I feel I am ideally placed to achieve one of these extra seats," he said.