Fine Gael - Terence Slowey

Q & A with Donegal South West Fine Gael candidate Terence Slowey


 Name  Terence Slowey Address Tullycleave, Ardara, Co. Donegal Date of birth 0904/1952 Constituency  Donegal South West Party  Fine Gael









Full Time Public Representative

Previous occupation: 

Environmental Chemist

Financial interests: 



Income (aside from income derived from political office):
Between €20,000 - €30,000


Approximate net worth of capital assets (aside from family residence):  



Information on political career to date:

Cllr. Terence Slowey has been involved in politics for many years.  He worked as an Environmental Chemist in Dublin and lived in Co. Meath where he worked closely with former Taoiseach – John Bruton and was his Election Agent for three elections.

Co-opted to Donegal County Council in May 2001 and became a Member of Donegal VEC and served as its Chairman in 2005-2006.

Re-elected to Donegal County Council in June 2004 and became Whip of the Fine Gael Members of Donegal County Council.

Selected as General Election Candidate for Donegal South West at the Fine Gael Selection Convention held in the Highlands Hotel, Glenties, Co. Donegal in June 2006.

Elected to the Council of Local Representatives at the 2006 Fine Gael Ard Fheis.


Personal election manifesto:

Competent, honest, hard-working fulltime public representative who will dedicate myself to improving the lot of the people of Donegal when elected to Dail Eireann.

Why should voters in your constituency vote for you rather than for other candidates, including candidates representing the political party which you represent?

The voters of Donegal South West should vote for me because the Fine Gael party will be part of the next Government and I will articulate and address the many problems that confront our county in Dail Eireann.  I will work to put in place a comprehensive package of measures that will address the infrastructural deficit of our county.   I believe that money needs to be ring-fenced by National Government for counties such as Donegal because at present the vast majority of resources are being spent in the major centres of population to the detriment of this county.  I will work for increased employment right across our county in the areas of agriculture, tourism and the marine sector.  Special measures need to be put in place for counties like Donegal with high unemployment and people should vote for me because I will be working to ensure that this is done.

What do you consider to be the main election issues in your constituency?

• Improved health services with enhanced accident and emergency facilities, more beds and a cancer treatment unit for the North West.
• Enhanced employment opportunities for Donegal
• Increased resources in education
• Development and support for our Marine Sector
• Support for our farming community
• Sewage treatment and clean water provision across the county
• Upgrading of roads and telecommunications infrastructure
• Increased provision of Local Authority housing
• Increased child care facilities in our county
• Planning permission for indigenous members of the community
• Better environmental management

Where do you stand in relation to these constituency issues?

I will be a strong voice for Donegal in Dail Eireann on the issues that confront our County.  The Celtic Tiger was never seen in Donegal and it is time for a bias in favour of the more peripheral areas like Donegal. I would hope that there would be a reduction in unemployment in our county as it is important that our young people who are now better educated have the opportunity to work and live in Donegal if they so choose.


How much money do you expect to spend in the election campaign?  

€20,000 Approx.


What will be the sources of this finance? 

Money Raised from a number of National Super Draws in recent years and Party Fund Raising Events.