Gerard Fogarty is set to become the youngest FF public representitive in the country, having been nominated by the party to replace Gerard O’Brien on Thurles Town Council.
Gerard (23) is one of the well known Fogartys of Parnell Street, where his late father Tom and his mother Josie have kept shop since 1956. He has a degree in Law and Taxation.In November Gerard was elected to the Fianna Fail National Executive by Ogra FF.
“I understand that the existing members of the council will propose to fill the seat Gerard O’Brien vacated. I have made it clear that business and community groups are a priority to me, we must work together for the town. It’s been a while since my part of the town has been represented by the council, and I look forward to continuing the proud tradition of strong public representatives from my street, like Binkie Hanafin and David Molony” says Ger.
Gerard thanked Thurles Fianna Fail for their support and extended a special thank you to his colleagues Bill Dwyer and Trisha Durack-Dwyer who also contested the convention.
The convention chaired by Cllr Dr Sean McCarthy of Cashel. According to Cllr Seamus Hanafin, “there was a huge crowd on the night”, with over 60 in attendance. Gerard was elected on the first count of what Seamus called “a keenly contested convention with three excellent candidates”.
“We’re very proud of Gerard,” says Arthur Griffin Chair of North Tipp FF, “ it’s a great sign for the party in the town and the constituency that we have a young guy of Gerard’s calibre in this position. Indeed I am very appreciative of the three candidates who contested, each of them represent the values of community development that the party espouses at local level.”
Gerard will be attending his first council meeting on Tuesday week.