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Labour select O'Dowd & Bonfield for local elections

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Labour select O'Dowd & Bonfield for local elections thumbnailVirginia O'Dowd and Cllr. Fiona Bonfield pictured at the Labour Party Selection convention on Friday last in the Abbey Court Hotel. MT27851JOC

On Friday night last the Labour Party selected its candidates to run in May 2019 local election in the Nenagh and Newport area.
Newport based Cllr Fiona Bonfield, who was elected on her first attempt in 2014, will run in the Newport area, and former town and county councillor Virginia O'Dowd will run in the Nenagh area. Virginia O'Dowd lost out at the last local elections in 2014 when Nenagh was merged with Newport, it was a nine-seater municipal district council area in 2014.
Following a boundary commission review this year, a decision was made to split the area, Newport and Nenagh areas are to be separated into two electoral divisions. The areas to be included under each are highlighted below. The Newport area will have four seats and the Nenagh area will have five seats.The Newport electoral division will consist of: Abington, Ballina, Ballynaclogh, Birdhill, Burgesbeg, Carrigatogher, Castletown, Derrycastle, Dolla, Foilnaman, Greenhall, Kilcomenty, Kilkeary, Killoscully, Kilmore, Kilnaneave, Kilnarath, Lackagh, Newport, Templederry and Youghalarra.
The Nenagh electoral will consist of: Aglishcloghane, Ardcroney, Ballingarry, Ballygibbon, Ballylusky, Ballymackey, Borrisokane, Carrig, Cloughjordan, Cloghprior, Clohaskin, Finnoe, Graigue, Kilbarron, Knigh, Lorrha East, Lorrha West, Mertonhall, Monsea, Nenagh East Urban, Nenagh Rural, Nenagh West Urban, Rathcabban, Redwood, Riverstown, Terryglass and Uskane.
Former TD Michael McNamara chaired the selection convention and Deputy Alan Kelly, as well as former Councillors Sean Creamer and Seanie Lonergan attended.
Councillor Fiona Bonfield addressing the convention said ìIn looking forward, I am determined to continue to give my all in my final year as a councillor under this term. As your candidate in the new Newport electoral division, I am equally determined to maintain our Labour seat at next yearís election. There is still so much more that needs to be achieved, whether it is the completion of a town park in Newport, an investment of over Ä850,000 to this town where for years we were trying to get this issue sorted. This work will be commencing in a couple of months and I cannot wait for this much awaited amenity to be completed. It will transform this beautiful town in North Tipperary and will be one of the best Town Parks in Tipperary. The initial design has been drawn up now, we are awaiting the completion of an Impact Study Statement and the plan will then be submitted to An Bord Pleanala for approval. Again it was the help of the Labour Party and specifically Alan Kelly TD that bought this project to this stage as it was he who provided the necessary funding while he was a minister in government. For years we were waiting for this amenity provision in our town. Other projects that I will be working hard on include the provision of a second bridge in Ballina, a Traffic Management Plan for Newport, provision of a new Car Park in Ballina, continuous investment in our local roads and more capital investment in the local schools in our area, the taking in charge of unfinished housing estates, improvements in our footpaths throughout the area, and ensuring our small villages and towns are supported in every way possibleî.
Virginia O'Dowd addressing the convention said "I look forward to contesting the election on behalf of the Labour party and representing the people of the area. I have a track record in delivering as a town and county councillor and if elected I am looking forward to delivering again for this area. I will be canvassing very hard, There is a proud Labour tradition in North Tipperary and we need to get the vote out. The reality is the only party to have delivered jobs and investment in this area over the past number of years has been the Labour Party".
Deputy Alan Kelly said "I'd like to congratulate Cllr Fiona Bonfield and Virginia O'Dowd on being selected to run for the Labour Party in next year's local election. They are two fantastic women with great energy and work ethic; they both work very hard for their communities. I'd ask people to support them, to ensure we have a strong team in the area working alongside me".

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