I am a 31 year old Parliamentary Assistant, local business owner and a Peace Commissioner for Co. Sligo.
Since graduating from Queen's University Belfast in 2013 with a Master's Degree in Irish Politics, I have worked at both the European Parliament and Dáil Éireann in my role as a Parliamentary Assistant.
I live in Strandhill with my wife Danielle and our baby Aerin, having moved to the village from Sligo town in 2019. My mum and dad are Mary and Declan Gaffney from Sligo. In my spare time away from the cut throat world of politics, I also work as a Company Director of 'Lillies Cocktail Bar' in Sligo Town.
For those of you who don’t know me, I am just an ordinary young hardworking person who is passionate about seeing my hometown develop and improve and ultimately I want to be someone who takes a lead in this approach.
I am passionately positive about Sligo both in person and in the media as I believe there can be too much negativity being expressed about our great town and our people.
Last year, I contested the '2019 Local Election' in the Sligo - Strandhill ED, narrowly missing out on a seat on Sligo County Council at my first attempt. I was unfortunately the first candidate in the history of the State not to be elected in the Sligo - Strandhill ED with a first preference vote percentage of 10.8% and 921 Number 1 votes.
It was a terribly disappointing result to take. However, I was very proud to be the leading Fine Gael candidate on first preference votes in my first election. I have learned from it and my team and I are eager to set the record straight in 2024.
Since becoming politically active I have been working hard on the ground assisting people, promoting good causes and helping organisations to develop.
I am a Local Area Representative for Fine Gael in Sligo so if you or your family need any help or assistance whatsoever, be it road or footpath repair, passports, housing applications, energy grants, public lighting provision, planning applications, social welfare, residents associations issues, broadband problems, medical cards, immigration, political representation or any other non routine constituent query, do not hesitate to get in touch.