Moran launches Independent Council bid in Athlone Area

Glasson-based businessman Jack Moran officially kicked off his bid to take a seat in the Athlone Area of Westmeath County Council last week. Speaking to the Westmeath Independent in the wake of the function, the Independent candidate said the main issues for him in the lead-up to polling day on June 5 concern the retention and creation of jobs, better delivery of Council services, more community policing and something that has been cropping up on many doorsteps - concern about the loss of special needs assistants in schools. Rural planning continues to be an issue in South Westmeath and he intends to work to ensure people don"t have difficulty in getting planning permission on their own land. 'People rightly or wrongly feel that the planning is not applied in a fair manner. Rules seem to apply in one situation and not in another. I am calling for fair play for everyone.' As an Independent candidate, Jack Moran, the current Chairperson of Athlone Agri-Show said he can take an independent view on all issues without being subject to the influence of party policies and without the restrictions imposed by large parties. 'My policies will focus on enhancing community activities and harnessing community spirit with renewed emphasis on job creation and retention. I believe the Council can play an important role in achieving these objectives.' Speaking of his chances in now six seater Athlone Area Mr Moran, who owned Midland Farm Feeds for over 20 years and is a first-time election candidate said: 'I think it was time there was somebody new in there to give an objective view, which is not influenced the party machine. I have never run for any party so I am a true Independent. People are looking for honesty and fairness, that"s the two basic principles of an Independent and I can do that.' For further information check or contact 086 2510847.