Deputy Noel Coonan has been selected to run for re-election as a Fine Gael TD for Tipperary in the upcoming General Election. Despite the absence of a contest, a crowd of over 300 people attended the Tipperary Fine Gael Selection Convention in the Anner Hotel showing “the Fine Gael spirit is alive and vibrant in Tipperary”.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald was guest chairperson and commended Deputy Coonan on being selected following his many years service working on behalf of the people of Tipperary.
Deputy Noel Coonan said: “The large attendance was extremely heart-warming and showed our Fine Gael spirit remains strong in the Premier County. I am very pleased to have been selected to run for re-election as a Fine Gael TD for Tipperary and I want to thank everyone who attended and placed their trust in me to go forward to continue to represent the people of Tipperary.
“It has been a pleasure to work with, and represent, the people of Tipperary on issues of importance and local concern since I was first elected to Dáil Eireann as a Senator in 2002 and as a Deputy since 2007. Having served the people of Tipperary for the past 13 years in Leinster House and previously to that at Council level, I want to continue working for the betterment of our county and build on the experience I have already gleaned. The support and encouragement I received was greatly appreciated.
“We gather here as a proud party, proud of our past but committed to our future. We gather at a moment of critical importance for our country, for our county and for our Party. The next 200 days in Irish political life will hold the key to securing the future of the Irish people for the next generation.
“It will either lead to a historic second term in Government for Fine Gael or a return to political and economic chaos. We do not want to hand an economy in recovery over to the wreckers in the Opposition. Now, more than ever before, people need to hear Fine Gael’s core time-honoured principals of hope and courage, honour and duty proclaimed from every rooftop across our county.
“I wish Minister Tom Hayes every good wish in the upcoming election and look forward to working in tandem to win two seats and strongly represent Tipperary in Leinster House.
“Never before have we witnessed a time when politics mattered more and when our people needed to hear from the Party that founded this Republic,” said Deputy Coonan.