Operation Transformation leader Greg Starr is to run for the Labour Party in this May’s local elections. Mr Starr, from Aglish, will seek a seat in the expanded Nenagh / Borrisokane / Newport area alongside sitting councillor Virginia O’Dowd and Fiona Bonfield, who is based in Newport. Ms Bonfield announced her decision to run last week.
The news was welcomed by Junior Minister Alan Kelly, who said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Greg has decided to run for the Labour Party in this year’s local elections.
“Greg is a household name locally following his very successful appearance on RTE’s Operation Transformation last year.
“He is a person who will give his all for local communities and is never shy about volunteering to help anyone or any group that asks him.”
Mr Starr, 37, lives in Ballycormac, Aglish, and is married to Clare. They have one son Eogan.
He was in the Air Corps for nine years, and now runs a motor factor shop in Borrisokane. He is well known from taking part in the RTE television show Operation Transformation last year. He was awarded the Hero of the Series.
By getting involved in local politics, he wants to give back something to local communities. His main areas of interest are providing community facilities, developing indigenous industry, particularly tourism and promoting healthy living, especially among young people.
Mr Starr is going to work with the Labour ministers in Government to promote a healthy living agenda in primary schools.
He is a first cousin of outgoing Labour councillor Jonathan Meaney, who announced this Monday that he was not running, but will work with Mr Starr.