Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South Fiona O’Loughlin has been elected as Vice President of the party following a meeting of its National Executive.

Deputy O’Loughlin was first elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2016 and is the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration. The Newbridge native has also served on Kildare County Council from 1999 to 2016 and was elected Mayor of Kildare in 2014.

Speaking following her election Deputy O’Loughlin said, “I am very pleased to be selected by party members to serve as Vice President of the party. This is an important role and I look forward to working with members to develop our organisation and policy platform in the months ahead.

“The role of Vice President is about listening to our members, putting our heads together and coming up with realistic and constructive policies to tackle the real challenges facing families and communities here in Kildare and right across the country. I am committed to strengthening the link between the parliamentary party and the wider membership so that we are best placed to respond to the needs of people in our communities.

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin commented, “Fiona’s election as Vice President is a testament to her strong work-ethic and positive standing in the party. She will be an extremely important voice for the parliamentary party and wider membership at the National Executive. I look forward to working with Fiona in this role.”