GENERAL Election hopeful Cllr Declan Breathnach believes there is a bright future for this area despite the current problems the country finds itself in.
Speaking at the official opening of his new campaign office at 9 Eimear Court, Market Square on Friday evening, the county councillor said the reaction from people at the doorsteps had not been as bad as some people might expect.
He said that, at the time, he had already canvassed 4,500 homes and was hopeful of making it to every door in his area of the county to share his vision for what he believes will be a brighter future.
Speaking of his experience on the doorsteps, Cllr Breathnach said: “People are angry but equally they recognise that we delivered for the town and county prior to the difficulties we’re now experiencing.
“There’s a clear recognition on the doorsteps from people about the work I’ve done. They know about my workrate and they know that they need to elect people to work for them.
“I’ve served this area for 20 years and I’ve got to know a lot of people and families in that time and they know that Declan Breathnach responds to them and does business for them. The result might not always be what they want but I always get back to them.
“My aspiration is to deliver for this county so that when the upturn comes we’re well placed to benefit from it.
“The infrastructure is already in place,” he said.
Cllr Breathnach said that geotourism was one area where the county could see real growth in the coming years.
He also highlighted his links with the community as a local candidate, a feature that will appear prominently on some of his election material.
“That was not done as an intention to hammer some of my opposition but my son designed them like that,” he said.
“I’m born in the area though, I work in the county and I’m about the county.
“I believe that all politics is local and I’ve served locally for years. I know the ropes and the contacts and that puts me in a pivotal position to deliver on a national basis if given the opportunity,” he said.
Earlier Cllr Breathnach had thanked a number of people for their support for his campaign including Ronnie Carroll, Maria and Enda McShane and their three girls, Ultan Henry, Harry Arrowsmith and Liam Reilly.
He also thanked Mary Kirk, wife of Seamus, and his assistant Dymphna for coming to the opening and “endorsing what the Ceann Comhairle can’t do.”
He also thanked Dermot Ahern for all his support including from his hospital bed as well as all the “footsoldiers” who he described as a “very dedicated team.”
Finally, he thanked Gavin Duffy and his wife Orla for helping with the opening as well as his children Cian and Maeve for their support.
The office is open from 9am to 5pm and can be contacted at 042-9333393.