Hand to host Brexit Breakfast Briefing at Hodson Bay Hotel


Malachy Hand, Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate for the Athlone LEA, will be hosting a Breakfast Gathering at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.45 am.   In a statement, Malachy said: “I am a new voice with new ideas, addressing issues of concern to all generations, young and old. I bring a strong work ethic, vision, enthusiasm and optimism to local politics at this critical time as I strive to open discussions and to find solutions for the local constituents among whom I live, work and socialise”.

  Mr. Hand said that his passion lies in key areas of agriculture and the agri-food sector, SMEs, roads and flooding, education, rural crime, restoration of the 4th Western Brigade and the provision of amenities for our youth.

  He said that guest speakers at the upcoming Breakfast Gathering complement these local interests and offer the public a unique opportunity to network, to be brought up to date and to ask key questions as an aid to future planning for businesses and families. Mr. Hand’s breakfast gathering coincides with UK’s scheduled departure from the European Union and its unknown fall-out for South Roscommon and Ireland as a whole.

  Michael McGrath, TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance, will provide an update on Brexit, its expected impact on Ireland and strategies which need to be put in place to counter or minimise the ill-effects of a no-deal Brexit on agriculture and trade in particular, at local, regional and national level.

  Mary Butler, TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People and Public Health Promotion, and Chairperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Oireachtas Committee, will complement Malachy’s proposals on behalf of older people, healthcare, employment, jobs and innovation.

  Local Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy, Spokesperson on Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, will offer an update on his work locally while highlighting the concerns of the electorate in Roscommon and Galway.

  Mr. Hand concluded by saying: “I hope that the people of South Roscommon and Athlone as well as local businesses will avail of this once-off opportunity to sit down and to discuss key issues with representatives who can bring them up to date on the current situation in relation to Brexit and its threat to our economy, trade, employment and in particular the agri-food sector”. Those wishing to attend the Breakfast Gathering can reserve their ticket by emailing handmalachyff@gmail.com or by ‘phoning 086-3184165.