Fine Gael selects Senator John Cummins as General Election candidate in Waterford

Fine Gael selects Senator John Cummins as General Election candidate in Waterford

Senator John Cummins was selected last night to contest the next general election for the party in Waterford at a convention held in The Granville Hotel.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Development, Farm Safety, and New Market Development, Martin Heydon.

John Cummins (36) was elected as a Member of Seanad Éireann in April 2020 and is currently Fine Gael’s Seanad spokesperson on Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

He is also a member of the Joint Oireachtas Housing Committee.


A University of Limerick graduate and former geography and PE teacher, Senator Cummins was first elected to Waterford City Council in 2009 at the age of 21, and served as Mayor of Waterford on two occasions (2013/14 & 2015/16).

Senator Cummins said: “I am honoured to have received the overwhelming backing of the Fine Gael membership in Waterford to contest the next General Election on behalf of the party I have been proud to represent for the past fifteen years.

“It really is heartening to receive such an endorsement. The Fine Gael team of councillors and candidates have been working collectively with my offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan to get results for people day in day out, from Youghal Bridge to Dunmore East, and I’m confident this work will pay dividend come election time."

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Simon Harris said: “I am delighted that John Cummins has been selected by members to run in the constituency of Waterford.


“John and I were both members of Young Fine Gael together and were elected to our respective councils in 2009. In that time, John has proven himself to be an exceptional public representative and I know how passionate he is about the issue of housing and balanced regional development, particularly in Waterford and the South-East Region.

“While we take nothing for granted, I believe a dynamic, diligent and enthusiastic candidate like John is well positioned to win back a Dáil seat for Fine Gael in the Waterford constituency."

It was expected that West Waterford Councillor Declan Doocey would also contest the selection convention. He was proposed last night by his daughter Audrey but announced he would not be putting himself forward.

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