Sligo Today Editorial

Profile: Marc MacSharry (FF)

Sligo-Leitrim: First TD elected of four

Senator Marc MacSharry is the son of the former Minister for Finance and EU Commissioner Ray MacSharry. It has been a long and winding road to the Dáil for Senator MacSharry (42) who was first elected to the Seanad in 2002. He stood in the general election in 2011, but was sixth in first preferences. A higher profile in the Seanad and the resurgence of Fianna Fáil has seen him top the poll He has more than doubled his vote from the last election.

Profile: Martin Kenny (SF)
Sligo-Leitrim: Second TD elected of four

The election of the Aughavas-based Cllr Martin Kenny ensures that Leitrim will have a TD in the next Dáil. The county had none between 2007 and 2011. Kenny has been a three-times Dáil candidate and was elected on the final count. He has been a Leitrim county councillor since 2003 and was re-elected in each successive election. Cllr Kenny is also on Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle. He succeeds outgoing Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy who is retiring.

Profile: Tony McLoughlin (FG)
Sligo-Leitrim: Third TD elected of four

Tony McLoughlin (67) was re-elected to the Dáil after a marathon count. He was first elected on to Sligo County Council in 1974 was subsequently elected to Sligo Borough Council in 1979, in place of his father Pat. However the four times mayor of Sligo had to wait until 2011 to win a Dáil in Sligo-Leitrim. McLoughlin is from Sligo and has lived there all his life. Before his election to the Dáil in 2011, he worked in sales across Sligo and Leitrim. He is a keen sports fan and is a supporter of Coolera-Strand Hill GAA Club. He is also a member of the Sligo Rovers Development Committee. He is married to Paula and they have three grown-up children

Profile: Eamonn Scanlan (FF)

Sligo-Leitrim: Fourth TD elected of four

Eamon Scanlon is back in the Dáil after losing his seat in the 2011 general election. Before he was a politician, he was a butcher and later an auctioneer. The 62-year-old businessman from Ballymote, Co Sligo, has been a long-time figure in Fianna Fáil and was first elected to the Seanad in 2002 and then to the Dáil in 2007. In 2009, he resigned the whip over the then Fianna Fáil government’s decision to close breast cancer services in Sligo Hospital but he was readmitted to the party in 2011. He was elected to Sligo County Council for the Ballymote-Tubbercurry area at the 2014 local elections.

Posted on 04/03/16 : 10:10:57