Garret Ahearn, son of former TD Theresa Ahearn, has been selected by Tipperary Fine Gael as their General Election candidate.
He beat six other candidates at a mammoth selection convention on Saturday night.
He topped the poll on the first count and got over the line on the fifth count.
The voting after the first count was
Garret Ahearn 143
Michael Fitzgerald 112
Michael Murphy 108
Mary Newman 97
Mary Hanna Hourigan 92
Noel Coonan 79
Shelagh Marshall 22.
Mr Ahearn said after the result - “This is an emotional night for me. I am proud and honoured to have been selected as the Fine Gael candidate in Tipperary. I am humbled by the trust the party members have placed in me and I will work tirelessly with them to win back a seat for Fine Gael in Tipperary.”
The candidates for this convention went through 5 hustings around the county over the last 6 months in a novel and highly successful engagement with party members and supporters.
Ahearn acknowledged the contribution of the other candidates, “I want to thank all the other candidates for their enthusiastic and fair campaigns, their approach brought out the best in all of us and in Fine Gael. This party is stronger in Tipperary because of this. I now look forward to us all working together to make this county a better place to live, and a better place to do business”
Chaired by Martin Heydon, FG TD for Kildare South and Chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, the convention was attended by over 900 people including the Tánaiste and Fine Gael Deputy Leader, Simon Coveney TD. Ahearn thanked all those who turned out and made the convention a resounding success, “I want to thank all those who attended convention. There was a palpable buzz in the hall and there was a clear message from all candidates and their supporters that Fine Gael in Tipperary is back in business”.
Concluding, the newly selected candidate said, “Having won the confidence and trust of my party, I will now seek the support of the wider public in Tipperary backed by a united and strong Fine Gael organisation. We will do that with energy and respect, we will listen to people’s needs and we will work to ensure that Fine Gael is returned to government at the next election with a new TD in Tipperary”.