SITTING councillor Thomas Redmond has been selected by Sinn Féin to run in the Athy local elections.
Cllr Redmond was unanimously selected at the selection convention before Christmas to represent his area next May.
Sinn Féin has held a seat in the Athy area for over 45 years .
Cllr Redmond spoke about housing and the lack of jobs and the ongoing fight that this area has to provide services.
“This area has been smothered by politicians who have not delivered anything but social housing here and jobs haven’t been a priority,” he said.
“I am from the town and keen to see every avenue examined to deliver jobs. I welcome the support of the Cumman and my many well-wishers.
“My job and that of our party will not be done until the prospects of people are increased here and homelessness is eradicated.”
He said he believes the challenge will be difficult as he feels the new boundary changes suit Fine Gael and Labour.
Cllr Redmond was first elected in 2009 and again in 2014. He works for the HSE as a housing coordinator and has a business in England. He is on the HSE health forum and is a member of the Kildare County Council Housing Policy Group. He is a keen fisherman and married to Kildare native Evelyn and father to three children, Peter, Ted and Kate.