The Fine Gael convention to select candiates to run in the local elections next year for the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District was held on Thursday 24 October at Hotel Keadeen Newbridge.
Over one hundred delegates from the municipal district including former ministers Alan Dukes and Austin Currie attended the convention which resulted in the selection of Mary Donnelly, Fiona McLoughlin-Healy, Micheal “Spike” Nolan and Mark Stafford.
Local accountant Ian Hennessy, who was also in the running, was not selected.
“We are absolutely delighted with the four candidates selected,” said Shane O’Dywer Chairman of the Kildare South constituency board “We would be extremely hopeful of delivering additional seats for the party especially considering the fact that the district has gone from a six seat municipality to a nine seat municipality.”
Fiona McLoughlin Healy is a first time candidate who runs the internet businesses privateseller.ie and giftencounters.com.
In more recent times Fiona has become a well known figure nationally due to her work as both a journalist and television correspondent and panellist with TV3’s am and midday programmes. Mark Stafford, who narrowly missed out on a council seat in 2009, is a solicitor and mediator in private practise based in Rathangan and Kildare Town.
Micheal “Spike” Nolan is a sitting town and county councillor taking over the seat from his father before him, in a role spanning 50 years between them.
Last year Spike became the first politician since Gerard Sweetman to be Mayor of Kildare for consecutive years.
Lastly Mary Donnelly is a tour guide working in the National Stud and is married with five children to Martin Donnelly.