I was last night formally selected as the Labour Party candidate for Donegal North-East. It is a great feeling and I’m hugely looking forward to the challenge ahead.
At a largely attended meeting in Letterkenny, I was officially ratified as the party’s representative in the upcoming General Election. The meeting was chaired by Labour’s Alan Kelly MEP, who wished me well in my endevours and pledged his own support for my campaign. Alan, who is a member of Agriculture and Rural Development Committee – a key European Parliament Committee – also met with numerous local farming representatives and groups prior to the meeting, who expressed their concerns about the depletion of the farming industry in Donegal in recent years.
As I told delegates and branch members who were present, this election will define a generation. The time has come for honest politics and strong representation at Dail level in Donegal North-East. Too much is at stake, and as the Labour Party candidate for the constituency, I am dedicated to being part of Eamon Gilmore’s team in the next Government where I believe I can effect genuine change at local and national level.
It is clear that Labour are gaining momentum in Donegal now. The consistently high showing in the polls of Eamon Gilmore, coupled with a palpable demand for change among the public, shows that the Labour Party’s message is resonating with people on the ground in Donegal. It is now a three-horse race and I look forward to the challenge ahead.
Stay tuned for more details of campaign launch.