SINN FÉIN’s star performer in Dáil, Pearse Doherty, was in Bagenalstown just before Christmas to support the campaign of south Carlow’s newest candidate Andy Gladney, who will run under the party’s banner in next May’s local elections.
The party’s finance spokesperson also met representatives of the Save Our Heartland group to discuss EirGrid’s Grid Link project and the threat of pylons through the centre of the county. Deputy Doherty also got together with Sinn Féin’s Tone Traynor Cumman in the Estoria Hotel, Bagenalstown, a new branch that started last year in the south Carlow area.
Andy Gladney from Bagenalstown is well known in his home town and, together with wife Kathleen, has raised a family of six children, while also caring for a number of foster children. Andy’s contract cleaning and chimney sweep business takes him all over the region and he is now eagerly looking forward to contesting his first election.
“This is our first time to contest an election but from the feedback we have been receiving we are very confident that we can win a Sinn Féin seat in south Carlow,” said cumann secretary Mark Callinan. “We have tripled our membership over the past year.”
Mark described Pearse Doherty as an “inspirational speaker”. The Donegal deputy spoke to members about running an election campaign, saying that if they worked hard, results can be achieved.