Well known Charleville community activist Aileen Browne has today, Thursday, ended weeks of speculation by confirming that she is to seek a Fine Gael nomination to contest next year’s local elections.

In recent months the Charleville native has been linked to a possible challenge for a seat on Cork County Council and the announcement will come as no surprise within political circles in the Charleville, Fermoy and Mitchelstown areas.

The daughter of Kathleen and the late Michael Browne, she has played a significant role within the Charleville community in recent years acting as secretary to both the Tidy Towns and the Local Community Forum. She played a leading role in the Electric Eighties fund-raising weekend and in resurrecting the Charleville Cheese Festival in 2011 after a twenty year gap. Her indubitable commit-ment to the community was the reason for her appointment as a Peace Commissioner by Justice Minister Alan Shatter recently.

“I am absolutely delighted to be in a position to contest the Fine Gael convention for the Fermoy Electoral Area and I would like to sincerely thank my family and the many people within the Charleville community who have encouraged me to run. I have been privileged over the last ten years to experience, through my work as Area Manager of the Irish Blood Transfusion Services, the dedication of both volunteers and donors and the real difference they can make to people’s lives.”