Some 400 delegates have selected Councillor Ivan Connaughton as the Fianna Fáil candidate in the upcoming Roscommon/South Leitrim bye-election at the party convention in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, last night (Wednesday).
Cllr Ivan Connaughton, a native of Athleague village serves as Leas Cathoirleach of Roscommon County Council.
Following the convention, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin commented: “In Ivan Connaughton, the Fianna Fáil organisation in Roscommon and South Leitrim have selected a candidate who can make a real and positive difference in politics. Ivan is a leader in his community and has been vocal in the fight for proper investment and resources in this part of the country. He has been an energetic advocate for health services, education investment and job creation in this region and I believe he can be an excellent addition to my team in Dáil Éireann.”
The newly selected candidate Cllr Connaughton commented: “I am really pleased to be given this opportunity to represent the hopes and concerns of the people of this constituency. All across the region, we have families and communities who are really hurting. We read and listen to Government Ministers telling us that we should be grateful because a recovery is underway. But the recovery they are talking about is in Dublin city and proves only the extent to which this Government has abandoned and simply given up on rural Ireland.
“As a community we need a fresh approach to politics, which I believe I can bring. The need for robust and constructive opposition has never been stronger as Fine Gael and Labour drive forward a deeply unfair agenda.
“We have a strong team in the constituency and I am humbled to have been chosen to represent them in this critically important bye-election. Over the coming months, I look forward to an energetic campaign and believe that the positive community politics I represent will strike a chord with our people and give me the opportunity to take my fight for proper resources for our constituency directly into Leinster House.”