Cllr Martin Harley and Garvin Connolly have been selected to run for Fine Gael in the Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District in next year’s local elections.
Cllr Harley is the current Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and has been a local politician for 14 years, while Garvan Connolly was a candidate in the 2019 local election.
The Fine Gael selection convention for the Lifford-Stranorlar electoral area took place in Stranorlar, where both men were proposed and seconded by party members from the Killygordon and Foyle/Deele branches.
The candidates spoke about the Electoral Area they hope to represent and the challenges faced by both urban and rural communities. They discussed important issues such as housing, defective blocks, business, and farming communities. They pledged to work together for the Fine Gael party and the Finn Valley Area.
The convention was attended by several dignitaries, including visiting chair Deputy Frank Feighan, Jim McMahon, Gerry McMunn, National Executive member, Harold Doherty, chair of the constituency, and Doreen Sheridan Kennedy, Secretary of the Constituency. Councillor Johnny Mc Guinness also attended to show his support for his fellow councillors and party members.
Frank Feighan, TD for Sligo-Leitrim, spoke about the loyalty of the two selected candidates, the ongoing issues faced by the party, and their success in being in government for over 12 years during difficult times of Brexit, Covid, Mica housing and the war in Ukraine.
All attendees were thanked for their participation, and refreshments were served in Kee’s Hotel to mark the occasion.