Back to the future-Former TD Stagg selected as Kildare Labour candidate for next election

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Back to the future-Former TD Stagg selected as Kildare Labour candidate for next election
15:10 Friday 22nd of September 2017

Former Labour TD Emmet Stagg has been announced as the Labour candidate for the Kildare North constituency in the next general election.

Stagg was 'overwhelmingly chosen' by the party according to a statement from the Straffan resident's office, beating the only other candidate for the position, Fergus Carpenter from Sallins, to the role.

Both candidates were proposed and seconded at a convention in the Celbridge Manor Hotel last night, with both men speaking to their colleagues in the party before a vote was held.

At the Selection Convention for the Labour Party to select its candidate for the next General Election in Kildare North, Emmet Stagg was overwhelmingly chosen as the Candidate at the Convention held last night in the Celbridge Manor Hotel.

The 72-year-old previously held a seat at Dáil Eireann for 29 consecutive years between 1987 and 2016, when a disastrous election for the Labour party saw him become on of the many members to lose his seat. He has remained highly active in the 18 months since that election, and had always looked poised to run again if given the opportunity.

Mr Stagg stated that he "was proud to be a Socialist and vowed to represent the interests of working people including those who get up early in the morning. The Blueshirts have never worked in the interest of working people."

"The Housing Crisis must be tackled and only Labour could solve the crisis. We did it before in the 70's and 90's and Labour can do so again. The ever worsening saga of waiting lists in our Health Service was scandalous and Labour would invest substantially in ending this scandal."

"Our children are entitled to a proper education in class sizes of the European Norm, not the oversized classes being experienced now particularly in Kildare and the Greater Dublin Area. In the area of Welfare we must ensure that poverty is eradicated and that people dependent on welfare can live in comfort and in dignity."

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