Fianna Fáil Councillor James Lawless was selected to contest the upcoming General Election on behalf of the party for Kildare North. The selection follows a convention which took place at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane with more than 200 members in attendance. The convention was chaired by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD.
Speaking following his selection, Cllr Lawless commented, “It is a great honour to be chosen to represent Fianna Fáil in the Kildare North constituency for the upcoming General Election. Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition in Kildare and I look forward to working with the organisation and wider community to regain a seat for the party in Kildare North.”
“Kildare North is a constituency that has been badly let down by this government. Despite having 5 out of 7 government TDs in the county, it is still falling well behind the national average in terms of policing, job creation and inward investment, and a growing backlog of long overdue critical transport projects. We are also witnessing now a chronic shortage of housing across the county which is heaping further pressure on struggling families.”
“My top priorities are to see increased investment in Kildare, in terms of job creation projects and transport infrastructure, in order to generate opportunities to get people back to work and to improve the livelihoods of everyone across Kildare North.”
“Nationally, the time has come for a renewed approach to politics across Ireland. People feel betrayed as a result of the false promises made by the government in 2011 and they have had enough of this sort of cynical politics. Fianna Fáil will not be making promises we cannot keep, and we will continue to put forward constructive alternative proposals to promote sustainable economic recovery and safeguard the most vulnerable in society.”
Cllr Lawless also paid tribute to his competitor in tonight’s convention. He commented, “I would also like to pay tribute to Cllr Frank O’Rourke. I have had the pleasure of working with Frank on Kildare County Council over the last year and I recognise the important contribution that he is making in his home community of Celbridge. I look forward to working with Cllr O’Rourke and the rest of the Fianna Fáil organisation over the coming months. We will demonstrate here in Kildare North, and across the country, that Fianna Fáil is best placed to provide the alternative that people are looking for.”