A relative of former a former Louth TD and prominent member of Young
Fine Gael will become a researcher for a politician in the House of Lords next week.
John McGahon, will work as a researcher for Mike Storey, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Education, Families and Young People.
Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat this week about the position, John said “Between August 2009 and May 2010 I interned worked for the Liberal Democrats in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.
“During that time I stayed with Mike Storey and his family. Mike was a former leader of Liverpool City Council and was subsequently appointed to the Lords in February 2011, where he now chair’s Liberal Democrat
Parliamentary Party Committee on Education, Families and Young People.
Mike had an internship position available for eight weeks during the summer and I applied for it last January.
“I will be working as his researcher, and focusing on educational issues across Britain and the EU. I was also be advising and assisting a Liberal Democrat national campaign called “Bite the Ballot” which is
aimed at increasing youth participation in politics.”
John, who was born into politics, with Brendan McGahon serving as a TD and his brother Johnny and son Conor are also involved in local politics.
“I have grown up surrounded by politics, indeed one of my youngest memories was drawing an election poster for my dad in 1999, which he then displayed in his office window,” said John, “I am very proud of my family’s history and the commitment they showed to improving our town, county and the country.
“But for me politics isn’t about tradition, its about doing a job for the people who elected you.”
John has just finished his final exams in UCD.
“I have just finished up three brilliant years of my life in UCD where
I studied History & Politics. I’m currently deciding on which Masters I want to pursue next year.
“At the minute I am very lucky to have a few options, I want to give each one equal time and consideration. But right now I want to enjoy the experience this summer has to offer and see where life takes me.
“This eight-week experience will stand to me. It’s going to be a big learning curve, hopefully I can gain an insight into how legislation and politics operate at a high level.
“This internship is an exciting prospect and I am very lucky that I have been given the opportunity.”