Senator Catherine Ardagh has been selected to represent the party in the next General Election in the constituency of Dublin South Central.

Members and supporters gathered at Eleanora’s on the Drimnagh Road, Walkinstown for the selection convention which was chaired by Dublin Fingal based Senator, Lorraine Clifford-Lee.

Speaking at the convention, former Dublin City Councillor for Kimmage-Crumlin and the party’s Leader in Seanad Éireann, Senator Ardagh said, “I am honoured to have been chosen by Fianna Fáil delegates to contest this key constituency in the next general election.

“This constituency was one of the closest run races in the country at the last general election and I narrowly missed out on a seat in 2016. In the meantime I have been working hard to build on that support and ultimately represent the people of Dublin South Central in Dáil Éireann.

“To lose out by fewer than 40 votes last time round was very disappointing, but it has motivated me to redouble my effort working for my community and representing their concerns. I am hopeful that we can build on the last election result and I can play my part in helping to elect Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.

She added, “This Government’s rhetoric about a republic of opportunity does not resonate with the hard working families who have not felt any benefits of what recovery has taken place to date.

“The people of this constituency know more than most the level of investment that is needed to drastically improve the provision of public services in our city.

“Restricted access to affordable housing across the constituency is the single biggest issue facing our city and poses huge difficulty for young people and working families who are severely burdened by the rising costs in rent. This is an issue that must be urgently addressed and has been kept at the top of the agenda by Fianna Fáil.

“The cost of childcare continues to affect families in Dublin 12 and Dublin 8, and I am proud that Fianna Fáil is continuing to prioritise pushing for a reduction in the costs faced by parents.

Senator Ardagh also paid tribute to the Fianna Fáil organisation in Dublin South Central. She concluded, “Those involved with the party locally have been extremely supportive since I was first selected as a general election candidate in this constituency in 2015 and helped deliver a very strong result in 2016.

“Now, we have to take the next step and win a seat for fairness and an alternative, positive vision for the future of our country.”