Over 1,000 people attended a celebration night for the three successful Fine Gael TDs in Carlow-Kilkenny on Friday night. The Hub at Cillin Hill on the outskirts of Kilkenny city was the venue for the event which saw first time TD, John Paul Phelan pay tribute to the new Minister for the environment, Phil Hogan, for introducing him to politics and for being named in the Cabinet. He made it clear that the voting pact put in place by Minister Hogan had led to the election of all three candidates.
Deputy Phelan who topped the poll, thanked his own family and friends for all their support and far from bring triumphalist, he said there was a sombre mood around the country and that the government needed to put the right policies in place to spark job creation. Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan was also brief in his remarks and said that Deputy Phelan had worked tirelessly to ensure a second seat in Kilkenny and for three seats for the party in Carlow-Kilkenny. He did not try to down-play the gravity of the economic situation at a national level but said that the new governemnt would prove equal to the challenge.
Deputy Pat Deering from Carlow also thanked all those weho had helped him get elected and said that he would be pushing Carlow’s case at a national level with minister Hogan and other members of the Cabinet. The three TDs were introduced by Fine Gael party constituency chairman, John Hughes from Carlow.