Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was in Thurles last week to officially open the constituency office of newly selected Tipperary candidate, Jackie Cahill.
Deputy Martin joined Jackie Cahill last Thursday afternoon to canvass in Thurles town.
Speaking afterwards, the Fianna Fáil leader said: “Many people I spoke to in Thurles last week expressed deep concerns that Tipperary is being left behind in the economic recovery. There’s a strong sense that we are experiencing a two-tiered recovery and that Thurles is being forgotten about.
“Unemployment is still too high, too many young people have been forced to move away from home for work, local services have been slashed, housing lists are higher than ever, local businesses are not receiving the support they need and people are suffering from a complete undermining of the health services in Tipperary and Limerick.
“The bottom line is that Tipperary needs a stronger voice in the Dáil. I was delighted to officially open Jackie Cahill’s constituency office here and I look forward to spending more time with him meeting people in communities across Tipperary in the coming months.”
He said he was looking forward to the election and expressed confidence that Fianna Fail would win at least one of the five seats in the new all-county constituency.
The party was left without any seat in the county following the last election, with losses in Tipp North and South. constituencies.
Speaking following the opening this week, Cllr Cahill said that to be selected as a candidate to stand in the next general election is indeed an honour and one which he will take very seriously.
“From meeting people in all corners of the county during recent weeks and months, there are many issues which require immediate attention which sadly are not being heard by those in power.
“The objective of the new Constituency Office will be to act as a focal point for concerned citizens across the county and help understand the concerns at ground level. As a Dail candidate, I am making myself available through the medium of this new office to listen to the people of Tipperary. I endeavour to work hard to ensure the issues which are of paramount importance to the people of Tipperary are brought right to the heart of Leinster House in the next Dail”.