Fine Gael’s second candidate to take leave of absence from her job to concentrate on politics full-time

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Fine Gael, Mary Newman, Tipperary constituency, general election, Fine Gael National Executive

Fine Gael’s second candidate to take leave of absence from her job to concentrate on politics full-time

Fine Gael general election candidate Mary Newman

Fine Gael's newly announced second Tipperary general election candidate Mary Newman says she is looking forward to the challenge of securing “at least one seat” for Fine Gael in the county in the next election. 

Ms Newman, a vet working in senior business management in the animal health pharmaceutical industry, said she was delighted to have been chosen as a candidate for Fine Gael and was deeply committed to the rebuilding of the party in this constituency. 

She was added to the Tipperary general election ticket by Fine Gael headquarters at the FG National Executive meeting last night. She joins Garret Ahearn on the party's ticket for the Tipperary constituency. 

Ms Newman, who lives at Lagganstown, Golden, now plans to work full time in politics in the run up to the general election. 

"My employers have offered me a leave of absence from my current role to focus on politics and on winning a seat for FG in Tipperary and I am very grateful to them for their support and understanding over the past year."

She said she looks forward to continuing to work within her community on projects such as the Cashel Playground Development and Rockwell Rovers Redevelopment Project. 

Ms Newman, a native of Co. Westmeath and sister of Dublin FG TD Kate O'Connell, was second placed in the FG general election candidate selection convention in Thurles earlier this year. 

She was also put in a strong third place performance in the Seanad By-Election race in April to fill the seat vacated by Labour's Denis Landy from Carrick-on-Suir, who resigned last November due to ill health. 

Mary Newman farms with her husband Tom Julian at their home at Lagganstown, Goldn and has four young kids, aged 3 to 7 years. She moved to Tipperary while working in cattle practice in north Cork in 2003 and has been a very active party member, canvasser and campaign manager for FG in Tipperary over the past 15 years. Her husband Tom is a senior partner in O’Connor Julian Veterinary Hospital in Cashel, and is originally from Cappawhite.

"I truly believe society benefits most when public representatives are actually representative of much of ‘middle Ireland’; as in working parents, juggling family commitments and a demanding career."