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Meet the candidates: Kevin Duffy, Kildare LEA, Fine Gael

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Meet the candidates: Kevin Duffy, Kildare LEA, Fine Gael

Kevin Duffy, Fine Gael

Name: Kevin Duffy

Address: Monasterevin

Occupation: Company Director

Party: Fine Gael

I am enormously proud and honoured to be nominated to represent South Kildare in the upcoming local elections. As a Monasterevin native and a first-time nominee for the local election, I wanted to share with you, who I am, what motivates me and what I stand for.

Growing up in the Monasterevin, I attended both primary and secondary school in the town; from here, I attended University and travelled overseas, which has afforded me a diverse range of experiences across a broad spectrum of industries and cultural settings. I am an energetic and experienced business executive with key strengths across a range of transferable skills that I believe will benefit me in public life and the people I represent.

Many years on from my childhood in Monasterevin, it is the opportunities afforded to me growing up and my belonging to this area that drives me to want to give back to Monasterevin and the surrounding towns and communities. Like many others that I have met over the last few months, I want to create and support a community and society that supports and affords opportunities to everyone irrespective of location, age, gender or culture.

After moving back to Kildare in 2016, it was evident that areas like Monasterevin, Kildangan, Suncroft and the surrounding areas have grown primarily due to housing, but it is evident that these towns have suffered due to a lack of local representation as a consequence.

It’s for this reason, I have decided to stand for election as I see that these areas have so much potential. There is a fantastic network of local businesses and community groups, and I believe that with the right representation the area could flourish as an employment, innovation and tourism hub.