SE­LEC­TION OF CAN­DI­DATES RAMPS UP AHEAD OF LO­CALS

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

COUN­CIL­LOR Niall Kelle­her from Rath­more has been cho­sen by the Fianna Fáil party to con­test the lo­cal elec­tions next year in the Kil­lar­ney Elec­toral Area fol­low­ing the con­ven­tion in the INEC last Sun­day.

A num­ber of other names had been mooted for the area, but at the con­ven­tion, Cllr Kelle­her was the only nom­i­na­tion re­main­ing and was se­lected by the party.

Fianna Fáil has been busy fi­nal­is­ing can­di­dates in Kerry over the past few weeks for the lo­cal elec­tions, and the party has cho­sen can­di­dates in Tralee, Castleis­land and Lis­towel Elec­toral Ar­eas.

Fianna Fáil have yet to fi­nalise their can­di­dates for The Din­gle Elec­toral Area and the Kenmare Elec­toral Area.

The lat­ter in­cludes much of South­west Kerry, the re­gion most po­lit­i­cal pun­dits are fo­cus­ing on given that former Min­is­ter John O’Donoghue is said to be con­test­ing the elec­tion. This con­ven­tion takes place later this month. The Din­gle area con­ven­tion will take place next week, with Cllr Mike O’Shea and Bre­andán Fitzger­ald ex­pected to be cho­sen.

Mean­while Labour has also an­nounced its can­di­dates for the Kil­lar­ney and Kenmare Elec­toral Ar­eas.

Former Coun­cil­lor and Seanad Éire­ann rep­re­sen­ta­tive Marie Moloney was se­lected to con­test in the Kil­lar­ney area, while con­stituency chair and party ac­tivist Luke Crow­ley-Hol­land was se­lected for the Kenmare Area.

Luke is a His­tory and Pol­i­tics grad­u­ate from UCC, with a strong back­ground in Labour Youth. Marie Moloney is a former sen­a­tor and has formerly held a coun­cil seat.

The se­lec­tion of these two can­di­dates fol­lows the party putting for­ward three can­di­dates in the Tralee area. Sit­ting Coun­cil­lors Terry O’Brian and Gra­ham Spring will be joined on the ticket by Ben Slimm.

Mean­while on the Fine Gael front, two can­di­dates have been cho­sen for the Din­gle Elec­toral Area.

The con­ven­tion which took place in Lios Póil on Mon­day put for­ward Cllr Sea­mus Cosaí Fitzger­ald and Tommy Grif­fin for next year’s lo­cal elec­tions.

Cllr Co­sai Fitzger­ald is a long-sit­ting coun­cil­lor while Tommy Grif­fin in the cousin of Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin.

Other Fine Gael con­ven­tions have yet to be held, but it is ex­pected that the Castleis­land con­ven­tion will take place be­fore Christ­mas and the re­main­ing con­ven­tions in the New year.

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