2011 General Election Candidates in North Tipperary-South Offaly

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Name: Kate Bopp

Party: Independent

Website: Katebopp.com

Kate is a Wexford born mother of 5 living in Coolbawn, Co. Tipperary together with her husband Evert Bopp. In addition to caring for her family she is also a final year law student at the University of Limerick. Kate is the co-founder of the aid organisation Haiti Connect which has been involved in a number of projects in Haiti for the last 12 months.

In the last 20 years Kate has worked and lived in half a dozen European countries giving her a wealth of first hand experience of different cultures, languages and types of government.

Having always had a keen interest in politics and current affairs she had steadily become more and more disillusioned with the current political status quo. With a view towards the upcoming general election of 2011 she started looking around for a suitable candidate to cast her vote only to come to the conclusion that none of the candidates from the entire political spectrum offered any hope of improvement. Faced with the choice between not voting, or voting for a candidate in whom she had no faith, Kate decided that her political ideas and grasp of the current economic & political situation put her in a position to run as a candidate herself and offer the people of North Tipperary a viable alternative and the option to vote for an improvement in the current situation rather than a continuation of the status quo.


Name: Billy Clancy

Party: Independent with New Vision Alliance

Website: BillyClancy.com

Billy Clancy Independent County Councillor in the Thurles Electoral a

rea is to contest the 2011 General Election in the North Tipperary South Offaly constituency with the New Vision Alliance

Billy attended UCD from 1970-1973 where he studied Economics, Geography and Irish and was a former classmate of Richard Bruton.
He is married with four children.

Billy was elected to the County Council at the last local elections. He was a member of the Tipperary Against Lisbon Group


Name: Noel Coonan

Party: Fine Gael

Website: noelcoonan.com

Noel Coonan

Noel Coonan TD was elected to the 30th Dáil on May 24, 2007. Noel was appointed Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture with Special Responsibility for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform in October 2010.  Noel is Chairperson of the Northern European Group which includes Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland and Noel is dedicated towards developing relations between these countries.  Noel is President of the Collins22 Society and is deeply involved in extending the influence of Michael Collins by promoting his life, his workings and his ethos which he bestowed on the Irish people.  He was elected to Seanad Éireann (Cultural and Educational Panel) in July 2002. He was Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food in the Upper House.

1991: Elected Tipperary North County Council
1994: Elected Templemore UDC
1999: Re-Elected Tipperary North County Council
1999: Re-elected Templemore UDC
2002: Elected to Seanad Éireann (Cultural and Educational Panel)
2007: Elected to Dáil Éireann


Name: Máire Hoctor

Party: Fianna Fáil

Website: mairehoctor.ie

Máire Hoctor

Máire Hoctor is a native of Nenagh and was elected as Fianna Fáil T.D. for North Tipperary in 2002 and again in 2007.  Máire began life in politics as a local councillor.  From 1981 to 1985, Máire attended Pontifical University St. Patrick’s College Maynooth taking a BA Th HDE.  Máire became a teacher of religious education and Irish at St. Joseph’s CBS secondary school in Nenagh in 1991.  In 1994, Máire was elected to Nenagh Town Council; Máire was chairperson of Nenagh Town Council from 1995 to 1996.  Máire worked in a Kabbutz in Israel and as a volunteer in Nigeria in 1997.  In 1999, Máire was elected to Nenagh Town Council and to North Tipperary County Council.  In 2000, Máire became Chair and director of Nenagh Community Reparation Project & First Chairperson.  In 2002, Máire was elected Fianna Fáil TD for North Tipperary.  Between 2002 and 2007, Máire was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Education & Science and Government Convenor of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence & Women’s Rights.  Máire was Vice Chairperson of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture & Food from 2004 to 2007.  Máire was the director of Young Nenagh Project from 2006 to 2007.  In 2007, Máire was re-elected for Fianna Fáil in the Dáil constituency of North Tipperary, and she was also appointed Minister of State with Responsibility for Older People.  In 2008, she was re-appointed Minister of State with Responsibility for Older People.


Name: Alan Kelly

Party: Labour

Website: alankelly.ie

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly is MEP for Munster/Ireland South and is a member of number key committees in the European Parliament including the Internal Market Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the US –EU Inter-parliamentary delegation.  In 1992, Alan worked on Tipperary North General Election campaign, and in 1994 he worked on Cork City by-election campaigns.  In 1995, Alan founded the ‘Jim Kemmy’ UCC Branch.  Alan was elected Organiser of Cork North Central Constituency in 1996.  In 1997, he managed Cork North Central General Election Office.  In 1998, Alan was elected Munster representative of Labour Youth, and worked on Limerick By-Election campaign.  In 1999, Alan worked on local elections in Tipperary North and Cork North Central, and he was elected Co-Chair of Labour Youth, and in 2000 he became chair of Labour Youth.  In 2001, he became the director of the Tom Johnson Summer School, and he became a member of General Council.  From 2001 to 2002 Alan was a member of the General Election Planning Committee.  In 2002, Alan worked on a general election campaign in Tipperary North and Dublin Mid West.  From 2001 to 2005 Alan was a member of the finance committee.  In July 2007, Alan was elected on the first count on the Agriculture Panel to Seanad Eireann, and in September he was appointed Party Spokesperson on Tourism and Seanad Spokesperson on Finance and Local Government.  In 2008, Alan became a member of the Party’s 21st Century Commission, and in July he was selected to contest the European Elections for Munster/Ireland South.  In July 2009, Alan was elected to the European Parliament for Ireland South, and he was selected as a full member of the Internal Market/Consumer Affairs Committee and the US Delegation.  He was selected as a substitute member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the Petitions Committee and the Iceland, Norway and Switzerland Delegation.  Alan was a former eBusiness Manager with Bord Failte and Failte Ireland, and he was Senator from 2007 to 2009.


Name: Michael Lowry

Party: Independent

Website: michaellowry.ie

Michael Lowry

Michael went to school in Thurles at the CBS and began his community activity as Secretary of the Local Holycross – Ballycahill GAA Club. He was made Chairman of the Mid Tipperary Divisional Board in 1982.  Michael was first elected to Tipperary North Riding County Council in 1979.   He was elected as a Fine Gael TD for Tipperary North in the 1987 General Election. In 1993 he became Chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party. 1994 saw him lead the Fine Gael negotiations that resulted in the formation of the Rainbow Government under John Bruton with Labour and Democratic Left. Michael was subsequently appointed Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications.

In 1996, Michael stood down from Government and he resigned from the Fine Gael Party. He continued his political career however, as an Independent T.D.  Michael topped the poll in the following three General Elections; in 1997, 2002 and 2007 where he received almost 13,000 first preference votes, one of the highest counts in the country.  In 2004, Michael nominated ten candidates for the North Tipperary local elections. Six succeeded in being elected and becoming members of The Lowry Team. In 2009, nine candidates were nominated and seven elected including his son Michéal who sits on the North Tipperary County Council for his second term.  In 2007 Michael agreed to support the current Fianna Fail Government. In return he received substantial benefits for North Tipperary.


Seamie Morris

Name: Seamie Morris

Party: Sinn Fein

Seamus Morris was first elected as a Nenagh Town Councillor in 2004 when he topped the poll. He contested the 2007 GE but did not succeed, but was the first Sinn Fein County Councillor in over 50 years to be elected to North Tipperary County Council in 2009. Seamus is currently serving his second term as Mayor of Nenagh.

Seamus is 47 and married with 4 children. He works for An Post. Seamus is an active member of many community organisations around Nenagh. He is a keen sporting enthusiast and actively involved in many local sporting clubs.

Seamus is a hard working, dedicated, honest, representative for the people of  Nenagh & North Tipperary. He is regarded as a tenacious worker who sticks with the issues until the end. He has a long record of representing people from both within and outside of North Tipperary.

Since first elected he has worked tirelessly for his constituency, community groups and Nenagh Hospital. He has brought vigor, commitment and a fresh energy to his role.Seamus recognizes that beyond the politics of the council chamber there are other big issues of job creation, policing and the justice system, rural* and urban planning, the environment, education and health and the problem of drugs.

*Seamus featured on Primetime Investigates program “The Pressure Zone” (27/11/2007) on the over zoning of land in North Tipperary.


Name: Olwyn O’ Malley

Party: Green Party

Olwyn O' Malley

Olwyn O’Malley is from Dublin but has lived in Tipperary for many years. She moved to Nenagh after falling for a North Tipp man, Paul Egan, a native of Newtown. She then fell for Tipperary and they are now married and live in Ballinderry beside Lough Derg.

Olwyn attended University of Ulster in Derry and worked as a teacher for several years before going back to DCU to study an MBS in Strategic International  Marketing. She then worked in international business in the ICT sector for several years before returning to the field of education at third level in Portobello College and HSI Business College. After moving to Nenagh she combined her experience in Business and Education to set up the Ormond Institute.

Olwyn has strong green credentials and has been a party member for many years. She has been an active member of the national council which develops Green Party Policy. As a small business owner she understands the issues facing the business people of North Tipperary. She also believes it is very important for more women to get involved in Politics and hopes that after this election women will be more widely represented.

Olwyn lives by her beliefs and tries to encourage those around her to live a greener more sustainable lifestyle. She believes that the long-term future for our children and grandchildren is as important as short-term concerns and is standing for election so that local citizens who share this belief can vote accordingly. If elected, she would be honoured to represent the people of North Tipperary in Dail Eireann.



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