PJ takes over the reins of FG

PJ RODDY has been announced as the new chairman of the Fine Gael Louth constituency following the stepping down of Paddy Malone.

PJ RODDY has been announced as the new chairman of the Fine Gael Louth constituency following the stepping down of Paddy Malone.

PJ, who was the youngest ever chairman of the party constituency when he was first elected 15 years ago, says he is looking forward to the challenge of the next 12 months.

Speaking with the Dundalk Democrat PJ told the paper: “I’m delighted to accept the position. I suppose you could say I gave it a short break and have returned to it.

“I received great support last Thursday from members throughout the party and from across the county.”

The new chairman says that is aim is to grow the party in the county and to increase membership.

“I’m also looking to re-establish some branches across the county. We are lucky here in Louth as we are represented by four Oireachtas members in Minister O’Dowd, Peter Fitzpatrick, Jim D’Arcy and Terry Brennan.

“My role is to be a facilitator here. It would be my aim to make sure that members of the party have a bigger say in terms of running local branches.”

The year long term will see PJ return this time next year to face the AGM.

“I’m very much looking forward to the challenge that the role brings. The party has changed but being the chairman is no easy job. We will look to face the challenges of coming year on head on.

“It’s a different party than what it was and we are better represented at a national level then for some time. On the ground, people can see us representives working.

“My immediate task will be to get around to all the branches and to gather momentum going into the meeting season in September and also to support the presidental campaign of Gay Mitchell,” concluded PJ.