Political People – December 22nd



Back on his feet…

Smiling man appears near fireplace at Christmas and wants to know what he can gift to voters! Move over Santa, Deputy Eugene Murphy is (almost) back on his feet, certainly recovering well after recent surgery led to a long stint on crutches. Deputy Murphy (pictured relaxing when attending the unveiling of the Christmas window as part of the relaunch of the Roscommon Women’s Network shop in Castlerea), underwent hip replacement surgery a number of weeks ago. He is recovering well and back driving as of this week. Deputy Murphy wishes all his constituents a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year – and as he looks to 2018 himself, a fit-again Eugene will no doubt be on an election ‘footing’!


Feighan and (the other) Kenny look to new pastures


Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan and Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny have their sights firmly set on the new constituency.

  Senator Feighan said: “The Electoral Amendment (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017 has now been formally passed in both the Dáil and Seanad. That means part of the population in North Roscommon, including my own home town of Boyle, has been officially added to form the four-seat Sligo-Leitrim constituency. This revised constituency will continue to include some population from south Donegal.

  “I firmly believe that I am well placed to contest the next General Election in this reconfigured constituency as I believe it is very favorable for a North Roscommon candidate”.

  Meanwhile, Deputy Martin Kenny has being selected to contest the next General Election for “the constituency of Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal”. 

  The selection convention took place in the Bush Hotel on Friday night.

  Deputy Kenny said: “The issues affecting both North Roscommon and Leitrim are very similar with rural decline and falling farm incomes being a major concern. 

  “Most of the young people in this region move away and become very well educated, however there are very few jobs for graduates and this needs to change. Towns like Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle are perfectly situated to become hubs for medium-sized enterprises to be developed and grow, as such locations have many advantages over large urban areas where rents are very high”.

  Deputy Kenny called for investment in basic infrastructure “like our road network and broadband network”. 

  This is a four-seater constituency with Martin Kenny being the only TD in Leitrim and he vowed to retain the seat for Sinn Fein and the people of Leitrim and North Roscommon.