A Clane woman will stand as a new candidate for Labour in the Maynooth/Clane area in next May’s local elections.
Julie McNamara and John McGinley, a councillor since 1993, were announced by the party following a meeting in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane on February 3.
Ms. McNamara grew in Clane, attending both Scoil Mhuire Community School Clane and St. Farnans Post Primary School Prosperous before emmigrating to London in 1989 for five years to find work. After several years travelling and working in Australia and South East Asia she returned to Ireland in 1996 and started studying Early Childhood Care and Education at UCC. She graduated with an M.Soc.Sc in Youth and Community Work.
Julie worked for a number of years in Cork as the Project Co-Ordinator of a Youth Project, where she got funding for a youth café. She returned to Clane in 2004.
She has a daughter, Aisha (4), and works as manager of the Kildare County Childcare Committee. She said she decided to put herself forward as a candidate in the local elections because she can offer a voice to the needs and concerns of young families.
Cllr. McGinley has worked as a Technologist in the ESB and is a former Worker Director on the Board of the ESB. He has been working full time as a Councillor for the past seven years. Speaking at the Wesgrove, Deputy Emmet Stagg said the party thought of three candidates but felt it was best to concentrate on getting two elected.