Former Louth GAA star Colin Goss has launched his campaign for the local elections which take place this May.
He is standing as a Fine Gael candidate in the newly formed Dundalk-Carlingford municipal district for a seat on the new 29-seat county council which will incorporate Dundalk Town Council which will no longer exist after the election.
This is his first time to run for election. At the launch he was surrounded by family and friends, a total of about 40 people, including Louth’s only All-Star, Paddy Keenan, and Louth Fine Gael deputy Peter Fitzpatrick.
Colin kick started his campaign with a visit to several thousand homes in the peninsula. He was delighted with the great turnout of willing campaign volunteers.
He is a young, married, self-employed tiling contractor, who has witnessed first hand the vagaries of bust and boom.
The state of the economy in north Louth is main concern.
He is a science graduate and enthusiastic about the growth in employment in the local digital information sector.
He believes Dundalk Institute of Technology can play a key role in contributing to further growth in employment.
“The creation of more local employment,” he said, “and the development of local tourism, is something I will be concentrating on.”
He is confident he can bring a freshness to local politics in Louth with a combination of “positivity, experience and a modern appreciation of the changing economic realities of our time”.
A talented gaelic footballer, he has said he is relishing the political challenge facing him in the months ahead.
Fine Gael says it has a blend of youth and experience lined up for this year’s local elections.
Along with Colin Goss, John McGahon and Martin Murnaghan will run in Dundalk-Carlingford.
John McGahon and Colin Goss, both have a strong political background.
Maria Doyle, Linus English and Paddy Malone will run in Dundalk-South.
Paddy Malone has had a high profile working with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.
Maria Doyle has been active representative on Dundalk Town Council and has raised many vital issues concerning the town. Cllr Linus English has represented the party well on the county council.
Is the party in for a roasting, considering the hard criticism it faces at national level?
Usually people vent their anger at governments in local elections, but Fine Gael has managed to put up a very strong team. It going to be an election with a difference.