Fine Gael unveils new candidates

Pictured at last week’s Fine Gael Selection Convention for Roscommon Municipal District (held in Kilbride Community Centre) were (from left) Deputy Frank Feighan, Cllr John Naughten, newly-selected candidates Gareth Scahill and Robbie McConn, and Senators Aisling Dolan and Micheál Carrigy.

Fine Gael held two Selection Conventions over the past week as preparations continue for next year’s local elections.

As highlighted in last week’s Roscommon People, the party has chosen new candidates Gareth Scahill and Robbie McConn to run in Roscommon Municipal District, while another new candidate, Dympna Daly-Finn, has been chosen to run in Boyle, alongside sitting councillor Liam Callaghan. The Athlone convention will follow at a later date.

The Roscommon convention was held in Kilbride Community Centre last Thursday night, with the Boyle convention being held in Elphin on Monday evening.

Welcoming Ms. Daly-Finn on to the ticket, sitting councillor Liam Callaghan said that the Boyle convention was attended by 60 delegates and chaired by Sligo Fine Gael activist Gerry McGunn. The convention in Kilbride, which was also very well attended, was chaired by Longford Senator Micheál Carrigy.

Fine Gael Roscommon-Galway Senator Aisling Dolan congratulated the four candidates this week.

Senator Dolan said: “Congratulations to Robbie McConn and Gareth Scahill who are putting their names forward to represent communities in Roscommon and Castlerea. There was a lot of excitement with family and friends present in Kilbride Community Centre.

“Both Robbie and Gareth are extremely active in their local communities and I know their focus is on funding and investment for local clubs and community groups. I look forward to working with them on key projects in Roscommon town and Castlerea”.

Also congratulating the two candidates selected in the Boyle area, Senator Dolan said Cllr. Callaghan has a lot of experience of representing his region on Roscommon County Council and a track record of working with local groups to secure funding for projects.

“Dympna is a new candidate from Arigna with lots of enthusiasm and a vision of all she would like to achieve for communities in North Roscommon. She has a background in healthcare and takes an active role as a parent in her local school’s board of management.

“All of these candidates want more for their local communities, and that voices in towns across Roscommon are heard at local government level. It is great to see new people coming forward to be public representatives. We have a strong team to go forward for the local elections in 2024!”