Cllr Michael Murphy To Contest FG Convention
Cllr Michael Murphy to contest FG Convention Now that Fine Gael has elected a new leader, and the Dáil a new Taoiseach, attention will turn to the next general election. While the confidence-and-supply arrangement with Fianna Fáil will run until October 2018, or thereabouts (when Budget 2019 will be delivered), the possibility of an early general election cannot be ruled out. The recently published report of the Constituency Commission for Dáil Constituencies has provided certainty in relation to the configuration of the Tipperary constituency. The constituency of Tipperary will be a target for Fine Gael at the next general election as it has no Oireachtas representation at present. Bearing the above in mind, I have given much thought and consideration as to how best I can continue to serve as a Fine Gael public representative. I, therefore, wish to announce that I will be putting my name forward at the next Fine Gael convention for nomination to be a Dáil candidate in Tipperary. I believe that I have the necessary skills and experience to be an effective candidate. In particular, I: - have been a County Councillor since 2009 and have served as Leas Chathaoirleach of South Tipperary County Council; - am currently Chair of Tipperary County Councils Strategic Policy Committee for Environment and Water Services; - represent Ireland on the European Committee of the Regions and am honoured to serve as the Head of the Irish delegation; - serve on the Southern Regional Assembly; and - was a candidate for Tipperary South in the 2011 general election. I believe that my track record of representation, availability and achievement demonstrates my commitment to public service and I look forward to seeking the support of the members of Fine Gael in Co. Tipperary as I put my name forward at convention.