Naas Fianna Fáil’s election candidates were announced at the party’s selection convention that took place on 2nd October at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas. Three candidates were selected to run in the local elections scheduled to take place in May 2014.
Cllr. Willie Callaghan, James Lawless and Robert Power were nominated by the members and selected at the convention to run in the Naas local electoral area. The Naas local electoral area includes Naas town as well as Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Caragh, Kilcullen and Ballymore Eustace.
Cllr. Willie Callaghan, who celebrated 25 years as a councillor earlier this year, thanked members for nominating him to go forward for re-election. Cllr. Callaghan is the party’s sole incumbent in the Naas area and is also a member of Naas Town Council.
James Lawless, who was appointed as a local area rep by Fianna Fáil in 2012, was selected to run. James works in regulatory compliance and is also training to be a barrister. He has worked on a range of issues in the community over the years, particularly in relation to commuter concerns, community policing and exploring initiatives to help the renewal of Naas town centre.
Robert Power, son of former TD Sean Power, is another new candidate the party selected to run. Robert is originally from Caragh and lives in Naas. He works in internet marketing with Paddy Power bookmakers. If elected to Kildare County Council one of his primary goals would be working to help local businesses.
The convention was well attended by over 100 party members and was chaired by John Browne TD. He stated that “the party’s intention is to win 3 seats, however, we can only do this by reconnecting again with voters and focusing our policies to help the people who have been let down over the years by all parties. I am confident that with the experience of Cllr. Callaghan and the energy of fresh thinking of new candidates James and Robert that Fianna Fáil can bring a strong new team to Kildare County Council next year.”