Fianna Fáil members have selected sitting TD’s Bobby Aylward and John McGuinness to contest the next General Election in Kilkenny.

The selection convention was held at the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny and was attended by over 200 local party members. The convention was chaired by Senator Denis O’Donovan.

Speaking following the convention Deputy Ayward commented, “I am honoured to have been chosen by the Fianna Fáil members in Kilkenny to represent them once again. Over the past four years, Fianna Fáil has been involved in a process of renewal and the next General Election will be an important one for the party and the country.

“Many families across Carlow and Kilkenny are not feeling the recovery that is being talked about by Government TD’s. We have a Government that it very out of touch with the needs of people in our communities and is not doing enough to ensure there is a fair recovery in the economy beyond Dublin and main urban centres.

“Fianna Fáil has been to the fore in highlighting the issues that are affecting ordinary people in Kilkenny – issues such as mortgages, health, childcare and housing.  I look forward to working with my colleague John McGuinness TD here in Kilkenny and Cllr Jennifer Murnane O’Connor in Carlow over the coming weeks and months to ensure Fianna Fáil has a strong presence working for the people of Carlow and Kilkenny in the next Dáil.

Deputy McGuinness commented, “It is a great honour to have been selected by the Fianna Fáil organisation to represent the party at the next General Election. I will be working with Bobby Aylward TD and Cllr Jennifer Murnane O’Connor to continue the proud tradition of strong and robust Fianna Fáil representation in Carlow and Kilkenny.

“After four years of regressive cuts and broken promises, people across this county feel abandoned by the Government and are looking for change.  Fianna Fáil is presenting a credible alternative to the inequality which has been presided over by Fine Gael and Labour. In opposition, Fianna Fáil has led the way on core issues like mortgage arrears, childcare and healthcare and will continue to be to the fore on these important issues.

“We will be listening to our constituents and working with our members to create realistic policies which tackle the problems being faced by families. The Fianna Fáil plan for Ireland in 2016 will be about promoting enterprise and returning fairness to the centre of public policy. These policies will provide a credible alternative which will improve services for people. They will be realistic. In contrast to other parties we will not be making promises we cannot keep.”