Offaly dairy farmer added to Fine Gael local election ticket in Birr

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Offaly dairy farmer added to Fine Gael local election ticket in Birr

Offaly dairy farmer added to Fine Gael local election ticket in Birr

At a meeting of the Fine Gael Executive Council on Tuesday night last, February 26, Doon native Hughie Egan was added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Birr/Ferbane area for the upcoming local elections.

The Executive Council met on Tuesday night in Dublin and added Mr Egan to the ticket to join Kinnitty based Councillor, John Clendennen and Birr based businesswoman Marian Pilkington who were selected at the party’s selection convention earlier this month.

Hughie Egan is a dairy farmer from Doon and is married to Sue with three children, Lucy 22, Sinéad 19 and Ben 16. Mr Egan studied agriculture in St Patrick’s Agricultural College in Monaghan and Rockwell Agricultural College in Tipperary.

Hughie worked for many years as a seasonal worker with Bord na Móna before commencing work as a full-time farmer in 1993.

Hughie has been a committed community activist for many years and has served in a variety of roles, including trustee on the board of the Rashina/Kilnargarna Group Water Scheme, chairman of Doon GAA during its development of walking track around the pitch, Offaly County Board delegate and County Board nominee on the Board of the Offaly Sports Partnership.

He is the current chairman of West Offaly Dairy Discussion Group which in 2012 won the Farmers Journal/Teagasc/ACC Innovation competition on Farm Safety. He delivered a presentation at Teagasc's National Dairy Conference in 2018 on calf rearing and welfare in the dairy industry.

Hughie Egan said, “I am delighted to have been added to the Fine Gael ticket in the Birr/Ferbane area for the upcoming local elections in May. I was recently asked by local party members to contest the election and having consulted widely with members of the agricultural, sporting and community organisations that I have been involved with for many years, I received strong encouragement from all quarters including from local TD and Ferbane woman Marcella Corcoran Kennedy."

“I bring many years of hard work and community activism to my candidacy and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. I know that if elected in May, it would be a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of the Birr/Ferbane area on Offaly County Council. Everyone that knows me will know I am a straight talker and that I give 100% to everything that I commit to."

“In the weeks and months ahead I look forward to meeting the local electorate and to hearing from them the issues that matter most to them," Hughie concluded.