Portlaoise Electoral Area Candidate for Fine Gael, Thomasina Connell held a very successful launch night for her election campaign last Friday night. Thomasina is contesting the next elections for the Portlaoise Electoral Area seeking a seat on Laois County Council.
The event took place in Jeremiah Grant Bar and Eatery, Portlaoise on Friday, March 8, which coincidentally was International Women’s Day.
The event was very well attended by members of the local community, Thomasina’s friends and family and her campaign team. Also, in attendance was Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Charlie Flanagan T.D. who gave great support and encouragement on the evening. Sean Kelly M.E.P and Kate O’ Connell T.D. for Dublin Bay South were the guest speakers at the event and gave strong and resounding endorsement of Thomasina for the upcoming election.
Kate O’ Connell T.D. who has been a vocal and high-profile advocate in Dail Eireann since being elected in 2016, spoke strongly in favour of Thomasina as a strong candidate who could contribute in a meaningful way to Laois County Council. She encouraged the attendees to help Thomasina’s campaign in any way they could because she was an excellent candidate and would run an energetic campaign.
Sean Kelly M.E.P. who had flown in from Warsaw to attend the event said, "Thomasina Connell is a well-informed, intelligent candidate and is very switched on; the people of Laois would do well to elect her to work hard for them on Laois County Council. Through her work in the courts she can make great strides in helping those in this county who are the most marginalised as she understands the challenges they face."
Thomasina herself spoke about how much she is looking forward to the campaign and meeting faces, both new and old. In particularly, she expressed gratitude for the many people who came out and voted for her in the last General Election in 2016 where she obtained almost 4,500 Number 1 Votes.
Thomasina highlighted a number of issues of priority for her including improving the lives of working families in particular the provision of childcare. She underlined the need to address crime in a meaningful and long-term way. She also set out the priority to support local enterprise and believes she can share her own experiences including as 2018 Laois Businesswomen of the year, in a significant way. She is honoured to have been selected by Fine Gael to run in the local election and looks forward to running an enthusiastic, young and vibrant election campaign.
There was great support expressed on the night from Fine Gael members, local community figures together with family, friends and colleagues alike who all wished her well in her endeavours.
Martin Deegan has been appointed as Thomasina’s Director of Elections. Her former Director was Martin's Uncle, James Deegan from Stradbally and former Laois County Councillor.
Those on the evening were asking to email Thomasina on firstname.lastname@example.org or text/phone 087-6676218 if they would like to get involved in the campaign.