Fianna Fáil has gained 2 seats in Kildare North in the recent general election. Both candidates James Lawless and Frank O’Rourke were successful in their bid to win seats in Dáil Éireann in the election on 26th February 2016. Both candidates polled a remarkable 7,461 and 6,341 first preference votes respectively ensuring that Fianna Fáil is now the largest party in Kildare North at both council and national level. The result from neighbouring constituency Kildare South proved equally impressive as Sean Ó Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin were both elected also. The full results from Kildare North can be viewed here.
Speaking about the new jobs investment for Celbridge, Cllr Frank O’Rourke stated that “it is great news for Celbridge and Kildare with 250 New Jobs been delivered by Rye River Brewery. 150 of these will be permanent jobs with another 100 created during construction work. Congrats to Niall, Alan, Tom and all involved with this wonderful announcement. I am delighted to have engaged with Rye River and worked along side them to make sure the jobs stayed in Kildare after they announced that they were moving from Kilcock. They had offers to attract them away from Kildare.”
Fianna Fáil have completed the party ticket for the general election in Kildare North. The party’s national constituencies committee recommended the addition of Cllr. Frank O’Rourke of Celbridge onto the party ticket last Friday. A party convention had previously selected Cllr. James Lawless to contest the general election at a vote of party members last March and Cllr. O’Rourke will now join Cllr. Lawless on the party ticket. A party spokesman said the ticket was well balanced with two strong candidates selected. Both candidates had topped the poll in their respective areas in the local elections in 2014.
Fianna Fáil won 12 seats to Kildare County Council which is the largest seats total ever for the party in the county. This also places it with 30% of the seats making it the largest party in the council chamber. The party’s candidates are delighted with the result and have thanked voters and campaign supporters for the result at the polls on May 23rd.
Of the 14 candidates the party did run in Kildare, 2 unfortunately were not successful: Gráinne Whelan in the Celbridge-Leixlip district and Ben Doyle in the Maynooth district, however, this wasn’t for a lack of effort as both candidates put a lot of work in to their campaigns.
In 4 of the 5 districts in the county, Fianna Fáil topped the poll. These were Athy, Kildare-Newbridge, Naas and Celbridge-Leixlip. With such a strong mandate, the party’s candidates look forward to working together on the council and the challenges facing Kildare over the next 5 years.
The Kildare North Fianna Fáil local election campaign launch takes place at 10:30 am in the Westgrove Hotel, Clane, on Saturday 29th March. Fianna Fáil chief whip and TD for Kildare South, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, will officially launch the election campaign at 11:30 am. This will be followed by an address by outgoing Cllr. Liam Doyle. There will then be an address by each of the candidates from the three electoral areas.