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Lombard throws his hat in ring for Dáil

May 24th, 2018 10:16 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney cutting the tape at Sen Lombard's new offices in Kinsale. (Photo: John Allen)

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IT’S been almost 70 years since Kinsale last had a politician elected to the Dáil and, according to Senator Tim Lombard, the time has now come for that to change and he feels he can play his part in achieving this.

Senator Lombard was speaking at the official opening of his constituency office in Kinsale recently which was performed by his colleague An Tánaiste Simon Coveney TD.

‘The last time Kinsale had a member elected to the Dáil was in 1949 when Labour TD Michael Murphy got elected. It’s 67 years second the second biggest town in Cork South West had their last Oireachtas member in the Dáil,’ said Senator Lombard.

‘I believe the time has come now that we need to have that elected representative to Dáil Éireann from Kinsale and we need to have happen sooner rather than later.’

Senator Lombard added that Fine Gael need to have their convention soon, in order to get their players on the pitch to secure a second seat in Cork South West.

‘We have a proud tradition in Cork South West of winning two seats and we have won two seats on every occasion, bar two in the last 35 years,’ he said.

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