Eamon Quinlan to seek FF election nomination

Cllr Eamon Quinlan, who is seeking Fianna Fáil's nomination for the general election.

Cllr Eamon Quinlan, who is seeking Fianna Fáil's nomination for the general election.

FIANNA FÁIL Councillor Eamon Quinlan intends to seek his party’s nomination to contest the next general election.

Cllr Quinlan, who represents the Tramore-Waterford City West Area, was elected to Waterford City & County Council last May.

Having been chairman of Waterford’s youth wing he rose to prominence when he became the first Waterford person to secure the role of President of Fianna Fáil’s national youth wing Ógra.

“I have a healthy amount of ambition both for Waterford and myself. If our City is to fulfil its potential we need to elect people who can become leaders in their party and thereby bring Waterford back into the decision making process at national level,” said Cllr Quinlan.

“I do not want to be a TD just to be in the Dáil and make up the numbers on the backbenches. I am saying to my local party members and to Waterford people as a whole that I am presenting myself to them as a driven, ethical, hardworking leader. The Fianna Fáil party in Waterford needs to present a young but very able candidate to the electorate, that can get in on the ground floor of one of the country’s main political parties and craft national policies with an eye to Waterford’s needs and untapped potential.”

He continued: “Fianna Fáil must offer new thinking that generates grounded initiatives in areas of health, education and reducing the cost of living. I would prioritise child care subsidies and the elimination of the prescription charges. In our City and County, our long term employment strategy should build on our ongoing successes in Pharma and ICT, to establish clusters of these industries and their associated service industries in Waterford. Both of these industries offer long term jobs to people of all ages and educational backgrounds.”

Cllr Quinlan is a former University of Limerick debating champion who served on the wider Irish teams at two European and two World debating championships.

His fellow Fianna Fáil party members Cllr Mary Butler and Cllr Jason Murphy have already announced their intention to seek the Fianna Fáil party nomination for the general election.

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