10 February 2014
Fitzgerald welcomes Egan to Fine Gael team for Clondalkin Electoral Area
(Above: Min. Fitzgerald pictured with Kenneth Egan and his mother Maura at his unveiling as a Fine Gael candidate for Clondalkin)
Speaking at the official unveiling, Minister Fitzgerald said: ‘I am delighted that Kenneth has decided to run for the Local Elections in Clondalkin. He has a proud record as an Olympic silver medallist for Ireland, which is an incredible sporting achievement.
"This is a man who did Ireland proud during his sporting years – a superb boxer with more than just natural ability – he had natural ability honed by constant practice and training. This is a man who’s already involved in youth work in our area and who’s eager to do more for young people in Clondalkin. For them – and with them.
"This is a man who understands the challenges they face and who, from the first day we sat down to talk about his candidacy, was curious about the work of my department and my local work, and totally gets the importance of ensuring our young people get every opportunity and support, locally and nationally.
But above all, this is a man without guile and without pretences, who is ready to work for his community.
As a leading, high-performance athlete, Kenneth knows hard work.
He understands focus and dedication.
"As a trainer of young people, both in Neilstown Boxing Club and Round Towers GAA; he knows about community. He understands our community; its need; and in particular the needs of its youth.
"Kenneth Egan has been a great ambassador and champion for Ireland. He will be a great ambassador and champion for his community; for Clondalkin. Kenneth will bring a passion and determination to serving Clondalkin; to working on young people’s issues; to promoting positive mental health; to supporting the Fine Gael agenda for local bushiness and getting people back to work.
"Knowing his honesty about past experiences – experiences in the years immediately following the Olympic medal – I was reminded of a definition that’s important, here. It’s this:'Experience is not what happens to you - It’s what you do with what happens to you.'
"He’s ready to devote every bit of his determination and every bit of what he’s learned from life so far to Clondalkin and particularly to its young people.
"When you talk to Kenneth, it is clear how passionate he is about working for his local community and helping young people to achieve their full potential, and that’s why I am very proud that he has joined the Fine Gael team here. He joins Cllr Emer Higgins, who will also be running in this electoral area, and together they will make a formidable team".