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McGahon and Doyle seeking Fine Gael nomination for General Election run

McGahon and Doyle seeking Fine Gael nomination for General Election run

Louth County Councillors Maria Doyle and John McGahon will both be putting their name forward to run for Fine Gael in the next General Election.

Former Dundalk Municipal District Committee chair McGahon was the first to put his name forward to contest the Louth Selection Convention for the party in 10 days’ time following sitting TD Peter Fitzpatrick’s decision not to put his name forward for re-election with the party last week.

The St Patrick’s Terrace man, a nephew of former local TD Brendan McGahon, was first elected to the local authority at the age of 23 in 2014.

Cllr McGahon said he was “looking forward to meeting as many members as possible” in the run up to the convention on August 23rd, adding there were “exciting times ahead.”

Cllr Doyle, who was first co-opted onto the council in July 2011 following Jim D’Arcy’s promotion to Senator, has also had her name put forward.

The Lis na Dara-based schoolteacher said: “I am very honoured to have been nominated to contest the forthcoming Fine Gael Selection Convention on August 23rd. I have been a local Councillor for over 7 years, first on Dundalk Town Council and presently on Louth County Council. I would love the opportunity to contest the next General Election on behalf of Fine Gael. I greatly admire the many men and women who already represent their communities in Dáil Eireann and I would be humbled and thrilled to be numbered among them.”

Both Cllrs Doyle and McGahon will be hoping to retain the seat that Deputy Fitzpatrick has held for the party since February 2011. It remains to be seen whether any more candidates, internal or external, will contest the convention.

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