The Labour Party has added a second candidate to their ticket in the constituency after putting schoolteacher Mary Moran forward as a candidate alongside Drogheda-based councillor Ged Nash.
The mother of five – sister to Dundalk Chamber of Commerce president Paddy Malone and former Lord Mayor of Dublin Emer Costello – became the first female candidate in the constituency when she entered the running last week.
Speaking about her nomination, the Ballybarrack woman said she felt obliged to enter the General Election race because of the situation the country found itself in.
She said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to seek a Dáil seat for Labour in Louth.
“I felt so moved by the mess this Government has made, to get up and do something about it. This country is sick of bad leadership and I feel as a mother, as a teacher, and as a woman, I am in the perfect position to be a voice for the ordinary person.
“I want to represent those of us on the ground, those who have been affected by pay cuts, a demise in healthcare, and those who worry that our young people, the future of this country, will be forced to emigrate.”
Mary is a teacher and member of the parents’ council and Board of Management for St. Mary’s special school Drumcar.
She is married to Damian Moran, best known for his motor dealership in Hill Street, and the couple have five children range from 19 to 13 years of age. They are Tara (19), Conor (18), Sadhbh (17), Deirbhile (14) and Cillian (13).
Mary was educated at St Oliver’s NS Blackrock, St Vincent’s Secondary School, Dundalk, and graduated from University College Dublin in 1981 with a BA in Music and English and a Higher Diploma in Education. She also completed a Masters degree in Music technology in Dundalk IT in 2009.
Her nomination comes as something of a surprise with Ged Nash expected for some time to be the only Labour candidate but he threw his full support behind Mary this week.
Speaking about her appointment, Cllr Nash said: “The inclusion of Mary on to the ticket in Louth is an important expression of intent from the Labour Party.
“Mary’s track record in her local community and her family’s record of service to the community is well established and widely respected.
“As a working mother of a young famly, Mary is all too well aware of the challenges facing families at present in these unprecedentedly difficult times and she is well placed to work with me to provide solutions to the problems and challenges facing all of the people of Louth.”