Fianna Fáil bye-election candidate for Carlow – Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has today been formally nominated to contest the upcoming bye-election by party colleague John McGuinness TD.
Mr Aylward said the bye-election offers the opportunity for the people of Carlow and Kilkenny to send a clear signal to the Government that a change in direction is necessary.
Speaking following his nomination Mr Aylward said, “I am delighted to have been formally nominated to contest the bye-election by my friend and colleague John McGuinness TD. I am asking the people of Carlow and Kilkenny to support me on May 22nd so that I can deliver a message to the Government that communities are demanding a fairer economic recovery.
“There is little point in electing yet another voiceless Government backbencher who will not speak out on behalf of people in Carlow and Kilkenny. I can assure people that if elected I won’t just bow down to Government policy, the very sort of policies that have undermined communities in this constituency over the last four years.
“I will fight for better health services in our constituency and help promote small businesses to ensure much needed jobs can be created. I will continue to speak out in favour of protecting transport routes so that rural communities remain connected to our towns and cities, and I will also demand greater investment in policing to tackle growing rates of crime. As someone who relies on farming for a livelihood I will work to ensure farmers get a fair deal for their produce, and that they have the opportunity to take full advantage of the ending of milk quotas.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Small Business John McGuinness TD said he is looking forward to working with Bobby to promote enterprise in Carlow and Kilkenny.
“Today I nominated Bobby to contest the upcoming bye-election on May 22nd. I have no doubt that Bobby will make a fine addition to Dáil Éireann and will act as a robust voice for communities across Carlow and Kilkenny. He will be a strong addition to the Fianna Fáil team in this constituency.
“I look forward to working with Bobby to promote enterprise in Carlow and Kilkenny and to oppose this Governments agenda of promoting a two-tiered recovery. I am calling for people to vote for Bobby so that we can send a very clear signal to the Government that it is failing our communities and that an urgent change in direction is needed. There is nothing to be gained from electing yet another anonymous Government backbencher” said Deputy McGuinness.