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Moment in Time: Remembering Thomasina Connell’s 2016 General Election Campaign

The most recent time the country went to the polls for an election was in February 2016 for a General Election.

Locally it saw the arrival of Fine Gael candidate Thomasina Connell to the political scene.

Despite coming in as a newcomer and a first-time candidate she worked tirelessly and ultimately polled very well – finishing with 5,140 votes of which 4,233 were Number 1s.

Thomasina Connell with Simon Coveney and Charlie Flanagan TD during the 2016 General Election campaign

“Standing as a candidate in the General Election in County Laois alongside Minister Charlie Flanagan TD was an honour and a privilege,” she says.

“I was seen as an outsider, an unknown candidate. However, when push came to shove I worked hard and clearly connected with the local community in bringing home a huge vote.

“It was a humbling experience and I learned a vast amount about campaigning which will stand to me in the upcoming Local Election where I will stand in the Portlaoise Municipal District.”

Thomasina Connell speaking at a national Fine Gael event
Thomasina Connell on the campaign trail with Willie Aird in 2016 – the two are now running mates in the Portlaoise Municipal District

Thomasina says she stands up for what Fine Gael is all about – honesty, integrity, decency and always giving everyone a fair chance.

“I’m an ambitious hard worker and a well known self-employed solicitor with a staff of six.

“I’m honoured to have been awarded the accolade of Laois Business Woman of the Year in 2018.

“In the Local Elections in 2019, I’m asking the community to trust in my ability, in my proven track record as a hard worker, and my unwavering ambition to deliver for the Electoral District of Portlaoise-Abbeyleix.”

On the campaign trail with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2016
Thomasina Connell with her mother Mary and sisters Barbara and Julie at the 2016 General Election count in Portlaoise

Thomasina is a long-standing member of Fine Gael. From a farming background near Ballybrittas, Thomasina is now living and working in Portlaoise.

She is a graduate of UCD, a qualified solicitor and has volunteered with the Simon Community and Focus Ireland.

A supporter of the Arts, Thomasina is a member of the Portlaoise Musical Society and has been involved in various dramatic productions locally.

She is seeking your Number 1 vote in the Portlaoise Municipal District on Friday, May 24.

Thomasina Connell with then Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2016
Thomasina Connell with her running mate Minister Charlie Flanagan prior to the 2016 General Election

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