Lennon, Minogue, McCoy and Markey go forward on FG ticket

Cllr Dolores Minogue, Ardee
The Fine Gael election convention for the Ardee electoral area was held last week and all four candidates standing were nominated.

The Fine Gael election convention for the Ardee electoral area was held last week and all four candidates standing were nominated.

Cllr Jim lennon, Cllr Delores Minogue, Cllr Finnan McCoy and Cllr Colm Markey were all nominated to go forward to represent the party.

Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister Fergus O’Dowd and Mairead McGuinness were all at the event at the Crowne Plaza last Thursday and spoke to those in attendance.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Cllr Jim Lennon said he was pleased to go forward.

“It’s six months away. All four who stood were nominated, so there was no election as such.

“I’ve been here long enough so it wasn’t a great surprise,” said Cllr Lennon. “I’m undefeated in 24 years in elections.

“I originally took over my brother Joe’s seat in Dundalk South when he died and I only had the intention of sitting for the remaining year and a half.

“He was undefeated in 29 years as a councillor.”

Cllr Lennon then moved to the Ardee area where he has remained undefeated.

Speaking to the paper, Cllr Colm Markey said he was delighted to be given the opportunity to run for election in 2014.

“Hopefully people will see the work that we have done over the last five years.

“It’s always a bigger challenge for councillors who belong to the party that are in power, but Fine Gael have stood up well in polls.

“Of course the Government has had to make very hard decisions, and we know how much it is hurting people out there. We are under no illusion about that.

“We will be about securing as many seats as possible. The new structure means that there will be more responsibility for county councillors, but it will also empower them more too.”

Meanwhile Finnan McCoy said: “It is definitely going to be harder this time with more candidates running for the seats. I’d say there are going to be 18 to 19 people running for the six seats in Ardee.

“I’m happy with how we have performed, especially with the abolishment of the pay parking, which I spear-headed and the re-opening of the Castle.”

Cllr Dolores Minogue said she was still shocked after being nominated.

“I’d like to wish all my colleagues the best of luck. in the coming election. Hopefully with some hard work we can all get over the line together.

“I’m just an ordinary mother of five. I‘m proud to go forward as the only woman for these seats, though I don’t expect to be elected because I’m a woman. Hopefully it will be for my hard work over the years.

“Fine Gael have been strong on encouraging women into politics and I would hope that 15 years down the line there will be more women involved. We bring something different to the table.

“I got involved due to the need for more facilities for my chidlren and I‘ve gone on to work with Youth Clubs and in the new Alliance Group.

“I’m not afraid of hard work, that’s for sure.”