Fine Gael general election candidate John McGahon has pledged to open a full-time constituency office in Ardee should he be elected to Dáil Éireann on February 8.
The candidate made the pledge in a promotional online video in which he and Ardee woman and Fine Gael MEP discuss the merits of having a full-time presence in Ardee and mid-Louth.
“The thing about Ardee and mid-Louth is it is kind of falling between two stools – the two largest towns in Dundalk and Drogheda,” McGahon said. “If I am elected to the Dail the first thing I intend to do in Ardee is open an office. That will be a full time office here.
“I want to come out to Ardee after the election and open up a constituency office and and actually have it right here on the main street so it is a place where the people of Ardee can come in off the street and you can help them there and then with their issues.
McGahon, 29, who has sat on Louth County Council since 2014 and was reelected in 2019, is the current cathaoirleach of the Dundalk Municipal District. He is a first time general election candidate. He is running for Fine Gael alongside Fergus O’Dowd TD and hopes to help Fine Gael regain the second seat they won at the 2016 election before subsequently losing it when Peter Fitzpatrick TD left the party.
“There’s no greater honour in my life than being a county councillor in my home town of Dundalk. But I now want to continue that representation and work for the people of all of Louth, particularly in Ardee and places within mid-Louth,” he said, while adding he felt the necessity to “ingrain” himself within the community.
On Thursday, Cllr McGahon confirmed to LouthNow.ie that if elected he will open two full time constituency offices in Ardee and in Dundalk.
“I think it will be important to have an office in Ardee where anyone can call in at any stage to discuss any issues or concerns they may have,” he said.
“Cllr Dolores Minogue and Cllr Colm Markey have both done excellent work representing Ardee and Mid Louth on the Council and I would hope to work closely alongside both of them.”