The Fianna Fáil Local Election ticket for the Edenderry area has been completed with the addition of local barrister Christine Traynor.
Traynor joins sitting Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick, along with Pat Daly and Robert McDermott to contest the local elections in May.
A practicing Barrister by profession and committed community activist, Christine recently established the local district Chamber of Commerce in Edenderry and has been a director and company secretary of Edenderry Swimming Pool for the last decade.
Speaking following her addition to the ticket Christine said: "I am delighted to be added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the Edenderry Electoral Area. I am acutely aware of the many challenges facing the people of Edenderry and I believe balance needs to be created across our country."
"I will bring a strong voice, fresh ideas, ambition, imagination and a fighting spirit to ensure that we get our fair share going forward. This is what is required to procure proper housing, transport, education, cultural and sporting opportunities and to maintain and protect our rural communities."
"Local authorities should be better supported to deliver essential services and infrastructural investment in regions such as Edenderry and the wider North-Offaly area. In recent years the needs of rural and peripheral communities have not been prioritised, consequently we are seeing rural depopulation, emigration and a systematic withdrawal of Government services and funding," Christine said.
"We have had seven years of a Fine Gael Government who have failed to deliver on key issues. There is significant disparity between the perceived economic success and the delivery of essential services to communities such as ours. Creating regional opportunities is imperative if we are to create a brighter more prosperous future for our country," concluded Christine.