Bernie Moran launches her election campaign in Letterkenny

Minister McHugh among those at Friday night's event

Bernie Moran election launch

Bernie Moran pictured at Friday night's launch event with Minister Joe McHugh and and her husband, Dr. Kevin Moran

The launch took place in Letterkenny on Friday night of Fine Gael local election candidate Bernie Moran.

Family members, supporters and party colleagues gathered in Letterkenny's Radisson Hotel for the launch event with Minister Joe McHugh among those to address the occasion.

He described Ms Moran as someone who has demonstrated that she has great work ethic.

“In this room tonight there is an electric atmosphere and this has generated an incredible energy," Mr McHugh said.

Bernie Moran with well wishers at Friday night's launch

Bernie’s proud husband Kevin also addressed the event: “Letterkenny needs energy, passion and enthusiasm brought by a capable young woman.

"Bernie has all these qualities in abundance and these are built on her life experiences. She enjoys a challenge and loves meeting and helping people. Her business experience combined with her nursing profession means she can bring a lot to her role as a county councillor if elected in May."

Ms Moran will seek a seat in the Letterkenny Municipal District. A native of Westmeath, she came to Letterkenny in 1994 to train as a nurse and decided her home was to be Donegal.

It was here in Donegal that she met her husband Dr. Kevin Moran, a surgeon who specialises in urology and sports medicine, and volunteers as the doctor to the Donegal County GAA Senior team. Together they have three children, Bridget (19), Patrick (18) and Sarah (16).

Bernie founded 'The House of Fun'  Preschool Montessori School in Cashelshanaghan 16 years ago. 

Friends showing their support for Bernie Moran at Friday night's launch

Speaking on Friday night, Ms Moran referred to the Ireland 2040 plan which designates Letterkenny with official city status. She said her vision for Letterkenny is one that involves joined up thinking and careful strategic planning. 

"We have a strong voice in Joe McHugh at cabinet level and that needs to be matched on Donegal County Council level," she said.

She concluded the evening by thanking everyone for coming and for all the support and kindness that people have shown her over the past few weeks.

"I am energised and enthusiastic about the road ahead and look forward to meeting as many people on the campaign trail over the next six  weeks," she added. 

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