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Meet the candidates: Catherine Fitzgerald, Fianna Fáil, Portlaoise Abbeyleix

Catherine Fitzgerald

Address

14 Cherrygarth, Portlaoise

Occupation

Public Representative

Party

Fianna Fáil

Why have you decided to run in the local elections?

I am and have always been passionate about Laois. I’ve been a public representative for the past 20 years. In that time, I have gained invaluable experience as a link between the community and the decision makers in Laois County Council. I have always been driven by the desire to improve the lives of people in our community. I have represented our community with determination and integrity. I’d love the opportunity to continue this work.

Why should people vote for you?

I’ve a proven track record of working tirelessly for our community. I have represented countless individuals and groups over a range of issues across all departments in Laois County Council – housing, planning, environment, roads, arts/leisure/sports. I always made myself freely available to represent people from all sections of our community, and will continue to do so if given the opportunity.

What do you think is lacking in your area and what will you be campaigning for?

Our town and county have grown and developed enormously in recent years. In many senses, it is unrecognisable from the town and county of my youth. Most of this change has been positive and welcome. However, there are still a number of glaring issues and areas that need to be addressed. From working within the community, serious concerns remain over the following:

Certainty and clarity around the future of Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise
Lack of affordable and social housing
Illegal dumping
Broadband in our rural areas
Support for carers and improved services for children with special needs
Car parking for our commuters from Portlaoise train station
Midland Regional Sports Centre
These are my priorities and I will strive to deliver on these issues. I am once again seeking your support to be your voice and your representative over the next five years.