Co. Tipperary Fine Gael activist seeks nomination to contest Seanad bye-election

Mary Newman is also seeking to become Fine Gael's next Dail candidate for Tipperary

Co. Tipperary Fine Gael activist seeks nomination to contest Seanad bye-election

Mary Newman from Lagganstown, Golden.

One of the seven people seeking to become Fine Gael's next Dail candidate for Tipperary has announced she is seeking a nomination to contest the forthcoming Seanad bye-election.

Mary Newman, who lives at Lagganstown, Golden, revealed today she will be seeking to contest the bye-election to fill the Agricultural Panel seat vacated by Labour's Denis Landy from Carrick-on-Suir. Mr Landy resigned from the Seanad earlier this month due to ill health. 

Ms Newman has contacted several of the nominating bodies for the Seanad’s Agricultural Panel over the past week requesting them to choose her as their candidate for the by-election. 

Mary said there are 10 nominating bodies for the Agricultural Panel and candidates must be able to demonstrate their experience and interest in agriculture to be considered for a nomination.

She pointed out she is a vet by profession, qualifying over 17 years ago. She spent more than 6 years in livestock veterinary practice before joining the animal health pharmaceutical industry. 

Her current role involves delivering information and education to both vets and farmers with the primary focus on improving farm production and profitability.

Mary is married to fellow vet Tom Julian from Cappawhite of the O’Connor Julian Veterinary Hospital in Cashel. They live on their family farm in Lagganstown, Golden.

She said from her participating in the well attended Tipperary Fine Gael hustings over the past three months, she was keenly aware of the disappointment amongst Fine Gael members in Tipperary over the lack of a FG Oireachtas member in this constituenty.  

‘Whilst it is regrettable that Denis Landy has decided to resign from Seanad Eireann, this does afford a new candidate the opportunity to seek an Oireachtas seat for the people of Tipperary’, Mary said.

 ‘If successful in seeking the support of a nominating body, it will be the next step on the journey to delivering FG representation for the county." 

‘I wish former Senator Landy the very best and thank him for his service to the public and the people of Tipperary, " she added.