Fine Gael have a blend of youth and experience as they face the unknown in next year’s local elections.
John McGahon and Martin Murnaghan will run in Dundalk-Carlingford, and Colin Goss, Maria Doyle, Linus English and Paddy Malone will run in Dundalk-South.
It’s a whole new ball game: two six-seater constituencies as opposed to the current county council and town council set-up.
Is the party in for a roasting, considering the hard criticism it faces at national level.
Usually people vent their anger at governments in local elections, but Fine Gael has managed to put up a very strong team.
Paddy Malone has created a high profile through his work with Dundalk Chamber over the past couple of years.
He has worked closely with the very successful Louth Economic Forum and has shown himself to be a skillful convenor it getting different interests to work together for the local economy.
Maria Doyle has been very vociferous on Dundalk Town Council.
She took a very strong stance on the controversy surrounding the cycle lanes and has made a real impact.
Linus English has been very industrious at local level also. John McGahon and Colin Goss, both have a strong political background.