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Blaine Gaffney to Contest Fine Gael Convention for 2019 Local Elections.

Blaine Gaffney to Contest Fine Gael Convention for 2019 Local Elections.

 

14/06/18

Blaine Gaffney, a community activist and local business owner from Sligo has announced that he will be putting his name forward to contest the ‘Sligo - Strandhill’ Fine Gael convention for the ‘2019 Local Elections’. 

 

Gaffney’s statement comes on the back of the publication this morning of the new local electoral boundaries for the 2019 Local Elections by the Minister for State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, John Paul Phelan TD.

 

Speaking about the announcement he said that “I have decided to announce publicly this morning my intention to go forward to convention and attempt to win the the Fine Gael nomination to contest the 2019 Local Elections for the Party in the newly re-formed ‘Sligo -Strandhill Electoral District’. 

 

“Since this local boundary review was sanctioned by the Minister earlier this year, I like many others in Sligo have been eagerly awaiting the publication of this report, and although I am deeply disappointed that Sligo town has once again been separated into two separate electoral districts’, I believe that we have to accept that for now at least, the Sligo urban area unfortunately isn’t going to be united independently as one district for the foreseeable future.

 

Gaffney was appointed as ‘Local Area Representative’ for Sligo by the National Executive of the Fine Gael Party in 2015 in an attempt to maintain its representation in the town following the 2014 collapse and he has been active on a number of political campaigns and issues in Sligo ever since including the children rights referendum, the marriage equality referendum and the campaign to ban fracking in Ireland.

 

The Sligo publican who also works as a Parliamentary Assistant with local Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin continued “Fine Gael was were badly wounded in Sligo town during the last Local Elections in 2014. We lost a number of dedicated County Councillors and this ultimately left Sligo town without any Fine Gael representation over the last five years. However, I want to change this going forward and I will do all I can to win back a seat for the party in Sligo if selected by my party members to do so.


Gaffney who has a Masters Degree in Irish Politics from Queens University Belfast graduate, said “to win back a seat for Fine Gael will be difficult given the strength of the incumbents in the area and the fact that I am a new face somewhat on the political scene in Sligo. However, I feel that we are looking to a brighter future in Sligo in terms of job creation and increased investment due to strong Fine Gael economic and jobs polices and I am hopeful that a positive approach to our future and an electric and youthful campaign will be enough to secure my selection to contest the 2019 elections. 

 

“We have new and youthful leadership in Fine Gael under Leo Varadkar at the minute, and I hope to add a young, senthusiastic and positive voice to Sligo County Council in 2019 if selected by my party to do so”. concluded Gaffney

 

Selection conventions for the 2019 Local Elections are due to begin in the Autumn. 

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