Coffey and Breathnach to represent Fianna Fáil in General Election
Councillor Declan Breathnach and Drogheda-based solicitor Emma Coffey were last night chosen to represent Fianna Fáil in the forthcoming General Election in the Louth/East Meath constituency at a selection convention in The Grove in Dunleer.
Ms Coffey, who hails from Dundalk, was practically decided upon before last night’s convention following a directive from the party to choose a man and a woman.
Knockbridge man Breathnach, who has been on Louth County Council since 1999, then seen off competition from Anthony Moore, Liam Reilly and John Temple to join her on the party ticket for the next election.
The father of two is principal of St Paul’s National School in Walshestown. Emma, meanwhile, works as a self-employed solicitor in Drogheda and has one young daughter with her husband.
Cllr Breathnach took part in the 2011 General Election and will be hoping to win the seat set to be vacated by his fellow Knockbridge man, Seamus Kirk, who is retiring from politics when the current Dáil dissolves.
Meanwhile, former Fine Gael councillor Michael O’Dowd has been confirmed as Renua Ireland’s candidate in Co Louth for the forthcoming election. The former Mayor of Drogheda will now be going head to head with his brother, Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd for votes.