DUNDALK Town Councillor Eamonn O'Boyle has declared his interest in seeking the Fine Gael nomination for the next General Election.
The Ard Easmuinn man has thrown his hat into the ring alongside fellow town councillor Jim D'Arcy to run alongside sitting TD Fergus O'Dowd in the next election with Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick and county councillor Colm Markey expected to make their minds up on their participation in the next week.
The Mayo native told The Dundalk Democrat that he never felt more ready than he does at present to run for the election and said he would be letting his name go forward.
"I went forward the last time but I was asked to step aside for Jim (D'Arcy) and I did. If there are a number of contenders again this time then I'd have no problem in letting my name go forward.
"I see myself as Fine Gael's voice in Dundalk and Dundalk needs its own TD to give the town a voice.
"I feel I can stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone and the fact I'm retired gives me more time to concentrate on the job and I feel I would bring plenty of experience to it," he said.
Cllr O'Boyle, a former career guidance teacher in the De La Salle, said he knew competition would be fierce for the nomination but said anything was possible as the country goes into what he referred to as "unchartered territory."
"I know Jim wants to go forward as well as Colm Markey and they are two good candidates but the people of Dundalk want someone from the town to represent them. It's a major area of population and I feel I have the credentials to represent the people of the town if called upon.
"The country is in a time of need and you need people with commitment, energy and determination to do the right thing. People are so angry with the whole political situation that we're in and we need a government committed to restoring confidence to the people."
O'Boyle says he has been approached by many in his constituency who feel he would be a good candidate for the General Election.
"People have stopped me in the street about it and I've been amazed by the number of people urging me on.
"I don't know what the future holds but I would want to do the right thing by the party but also represent people properly if I went forward.
"All I'll say is that I'm available, able and willing and I feel I have as much to offer as any other candidate," said the Ard Easmuinn man.
l Cllr Eamonn O'Boyle (right) with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny