COMMUNITY activist Tina O’Gorman is a late addition to the Fine Gael ticket for the local elections in Limerick City North.
The Moyross mother-of-six got close to 200 votes as an Independent candidate but failed to get elected in 2009. She will be hoping for an improvement in her fortunes with the backing of a party this time around.
Ms O’Gorman has been an active volunteer with various organisations in her community for over 30 years.
In 2011, her fundraising efforts for over 120 charitable causes around the Mid-West topped the €1 million mark and she remains active in supporting her community - recently raising money for flood victims in the city and for suicide awareness.
“Tina will be a fantastic addition to the ticket in Limerick City North with Cllr Michael Hourigan and Cllr Denis McCarthy. Tina previously ran for Fine Gael in the 2004 local elections and was a finalist in Limerick Person of the Year 2011. Her commitment to working within the communities is well-known,” said Cian Kelly, Fine Gael constituency chairman, on the addition.
Ms O’Gorman is married to Eddie and they have six daughters and nine grandchildren.
Fine Gael have four outgoing councillors on the northside of the city but both Cllr Cormac Hurley and Cllr Kevin Kiely are retiring from politics and are not seeking re-election.
Na Piarsaigh’s Timmy O’Connor had been selected but has had to withdraw from the contest. Ms O’Gorman’s addition now brings to three the number of Fine Gael candidates in a competitive six-seat electoral area.