Fine Gael picks its Newbridge area election runners

Kildare County Council local elections take place in May

Niamh O'Donoghue


Niamh O'Donoghue


Fine Gael picks its Newbridge area election runners

Martin Heydon TD, Tom Dempsey, Peggy O’Dwyer and Tracey O’Dwyer and Sen Tony Lawlor

Fine Gael selected three candidates to contest the upcoming local elections in the Newbridge electoral area, incorporating Kilcullen and Caragh, at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, on February 14.

The candidates selected are Tom Dempsey and Peggy O’Dwyer, both from Newbridge, and Tracey O’Dwyer from Brannockstown, Kilcullen.

Speaking at the convention, Deputy Heydon said: “I am delighted with the calibre of our three candidates selected this evening.  They provide a strong and well balanced team across community, locations and styles. 

“Fine Gael wants to increase its representation in this newly-created electoral area to provide strong balanced representation to the people of Newbridge, Kilcullen and Caragh.  Newbridge, as the largest town in the county, has great potential in the coming years to take advantage of Government funding like the development a new cultural quarter and the expansion of St Conleths Park, but we also need to elect councillors who will push Kildare County Council to progress to shovel ready stage, projects like the second bridge for Newbridge, to leave us best placed to access future Government funding. 

“The town of Kilcullen has moved to a third electoral area in three elections, having been in the Naas area in 2014 and the Athy area in 2009.

“As a strong community-driven town, Kilcullen needs its own councillor to represent the town and its hinterlands including Brannockstown and Two Mile House. 

“I believe our three selected candidates have the qualities and skills to provide strong representation and I look forward to working with them in the months and weeks ahead as we work towards polling day of May 24.”