Char­lie Far­relly an­nounces local elec­tion can­di­da­ture

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WITH just a five-month run-in now to the May 2019 Euro­pean and local elec­tions, it’s make-your-mind-up time for can­di­dates and, in­deed, com­ing up to that for the vot­ers.

May’s local elec­tions will be the most in­ter­est­ing here for years in that Castleis­land has its own four-seater area. It is also mov­ing away from its as­so­ci­a­tion with Kil­lar­ney Mu­nic­i­pal District to reaf­firm its links to the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District.

A raft of local can­di­dates will be joined on the ballot pa­pers by the Kil­gar­van-based first-timer Jackie Healy Rae Ju­nior – who is fac­ing more than an elec­toral con­test this year.

The promise of in­trigue, at least, is height­ened by the fact that all the sur­round­ing parishes are part of the new area and en­ti­tled to vote.

The can­di­dates will have time to mount their cam­paigns, and long hours of day­light will fa­cil­i­tate the more tradi- tional type of ‘ground war’ can­vass­ing.

So­cial me­dia will also play a huge role in this elec­tion, and those who han­dle the tech­nol­ogy best will fancy their chances of se­cur­ing a seat on Kerry County Coun­cil for com­mu­nity or party on elec­tion day on Fri­day, May 24.

Char­lie Far­relly, who made his in­ten­tions to run known months ago, took to Face­book to for­mally an­nounced his can­di­da­ture on Wed­nes­day evening.

In a short mes­sage, the well-known com­mu­nity ac­tivist wrote:

“Hi Ev­ery­one,

It is with great plea­sure that I wish to for­mally an­nounce that I will be con­test­ing the Kerry County Coun­cil Local Elec­tions for the new Castleis­land Elec­toral Area in May of this year.

“I know that to win one of the four seats will take a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort on my be­half, but I hope that with the sup­port of the gen­eral pub­lic stretch­ing from Castleis­land, Cordal, Bro- sna, Knock­nagoshel, Bal­ly­ma­cel­ligot, Scarta­glen, Firies, Bal­ly­har and onto Gneeveg­uilla and the ar­eas in be­tween... I have a re­al­is­tic chance of achiev­ing my goal. As a com­mu­nity ac­tivist I would hope that my ef­forts in the past will have ben­e­fited my local com­mu­nity and I would ask ye all to please share this post with all your friends and fam­ily and help launch my Me­dia Elec­tion Cam­paign.”

The field to date:

Join­ing Char­lie Far­relly – an In­de­pen­dent – on the ballot pa­per in the Castleis­land area will be: Jackie Healy Rae Ju­nior, who was out on the can­vass in Cordal last week in spite of some neg­a­tive press in a na­tional news­pa­per.

Kate McSweeney will rep­re­sent Sinn Féin; Cllr Bobby O’Connell and Cllr Pat McCarthy, Fine Gael; and Cllr Tom McEl­listrim and Fion­nán Fitzger­ald, Fianna Fáil.

For­mer coun­cil­lor and TD Tom Flem­ing, (In­de­pen­dent) is keep­ing his op­tions wide open for the time be­ing and will make his de­ci­sion known well be­fore the dec­la­ra­tions dead­lines fall in April, he con­firmed last week.

Photo by John Reidy

Char­lie Far­relly is fo­cus­ing on May 24 and one of the four seats in the Castleis­land elec­toral area.

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