Edenderry barrister emerges as surprise contender for next General Election
Edenderry barrister Christine Traynor will contest the upcoming Fianna Fail race to choose the party's Offaly candidates for the next General Election.
Christine, who has also recently been elected as chairperson of Edenderry Chamber of Commerce, has been "surprised at the level of support" she's received from locals and grassroots members in recent weeks. Although John Furey was put forward as the Edenderry Cumann's nominee, Christine has also confirmed that she will contest the convention.
Also competing for a spot on the ballot paper for the next general election within Fianna Fail in Offaly are sitting TD Barry Cowen, county councillors Peter Ormond and Eddie Fitzpatrick, and John Furey.
"Initially I was keen to put myself forward for the Local Elections which are due next year, providing I can get local and grassroots support. However, the convention for the general election has come about before the local convention and the week the nominations were open, I received a number of phonecalls asking if I would agree to be nominated," Christine told the Offaly Express.
"To be honest when the opportunity arose and given the support from Edenderry members and Fianna Fáil members across the county, I was delighted to agree," she added.
Speaking about her reasons for pursuing a role in public life as either a councillor or TD, Christine said, "I am interested in progress, for the town and for North Offaly, and if having representation in this area is able to support the local community in its progress and if there is something that I can do to contribute, then I would gladly accept a nomination. I am privileged to be in this position, and I am surprised at the level of support."
"In the simplest terms, my contribution to public life will be to promote changes that will affect peoples lives in a positive way. I will strive for the best for our constituency and as a former commercial manager, a business owner and a practicing barrister I feel I am uniquely qualified to advocate at national level and I would be privileged to represent our members and the constituency," she continued.
After just one Dail term, the Laois-Offaly constituency is set to return to the original five-seater, reducing the number of sitting TDs between both counties from six to five. The counties share a long political history together with the 2016 election the first time they had been separated for election purposes.
As it stands the counties mirror each other with a TD each from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein. Barry Cowen (Fianna Fail), Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (Fine Gael) and Carol Nolan, (Sinn Fein) are the Offaly deputies while Charlie Flanagan (Fine Gael), Sean Fleming (Fianna Fail) and Brian Stanley (Sinn Fein) are the Laois representatives.
There are already six TDs set to contest for five seats while the likes of Traynor and others gearing up to get on the ballot paper for their respective parties will hope to upset the status quo. As it stands, the favourites to claim the seats are Barry Cowen, Sean Fleming, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Charlie Flanagan and Brian Stanley.
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