LABOUR general election candidate Mary Moran have been nominated by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 24th Seanad.
She is one of the four nominations of the Taoiseach’s eleven allocated to Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
The nomination is a just reward for her outstanding general election campaign when she ran alongside Labour deputy Ged Nash.
Ged Nash became the third Labour deputy to represent Louth when he was elected on the 12th count in the election but the real breakthrough for the party in Louth was the success of Mary Moran.
She put in an outstanding campaign to record 4,546 first preference votes before being eliminated after the 11th count with a total of 6,974.
This week Senator Moran said she will be focusing on education and disability issues in the Seanad.
“As a teacher and mother,” she said, “ I would like to concentrate on this particular field and the issue of jobs and long term employment for everyone.”
In the general election she said she had hoped to become a “new champion for Dundalk”
She said it was time to stand up for Dundalk.
“Dundalk needs a new chapion for its people and its commerce. I ama a dundalk woman born and bred and have worked all my life in Dundalk.
“I really have had my eyes opened in the last few weeks by the people I’ve met and the support I have got is great.
“It’s time for change. It’s not something I want to play on but as the only woman candidate people have shown a lot of respect for that.
“I want to represent those of us on the ground who have been affected by paycuts, a demise in health care and those who worry that young people, the future of this country, will be forced to emigrate.”
The mother of five lives at Blackrock and is originally from Ballybaccack. She is a teacher and a member of the parents’ council and board of management of St Mary’s Drumcar.
She is married to Damien Moran, best known for his morotcycle dealership at Hill Street Dundalk. They have five children: Tara (19) Conor (18) Sadhbh (17) Deirbhile (14) and Cillian (13).
Mary was educated at St Oliver’s Blackrock, St Vincent’s secondary school and graduated from UCD in English, music and a Higher Diploma in Education. She also completed a masters degree in music technology at DkIT.