Campaigning in South Tipp and with James Heffernan
Posted by Alan Kelly on February 13, 2009 at 10:22 PM
I was campaigning all over South Tipp and Limerick recently. I got a great reaction in my home county and I had time to meet up with many friends. Tipperary is a very proud county and I'm certainly gettting a very good response throughout. Many people want to see someone from Tipp. I'd be the second person to represent the county in Europe if I was elected, TJ Maher was the first. South Tipp has great local Labour County Cllrs in Seanie Lonergan in Cahir, Darren Ryan and Gabrielle Egan as well as Denis Landy in Carrick on Suir. We also have Mark Hogan and Billy Bourke in Clonmel as well as Maureen O'Donoghue in Cahir and Jim Drohan in Carrick. Finally, of course there is my colleague in the Seanad Senator Phil Prendergast. Tipp SOuth is very important to the Labour party because it is where the party was founded in CLonmel in 1912 and we've had great representatives there in Michael Ferris, Sean Treacy, Richard Stapleton and William O'Brien.
Moving on to Limerick West and I met with James Hefferenan, our candidate from Kilfinnane in the Kilmallock electoral area. James is a great prospect for our party. A young man who ran for us in the last general election and after campaigning for only 6 weeks secured a great vote for us. He is a teacher and is well aware of the issues that face young people and young families in today's economic climate. James comes from a great Limerick hurling family and I decided to teach him a few lessons when we met up recently!