Sixteen candidates have so far declared they’ll be contesting the General Election in the new Kerry constituency.
Independent Mary Fitzgibbon is the latest to announce she’ll be running in the election which takes place on Friday, February 26th.
Prospective candidates have until Thursday, February 11th at midday to register their nominations. Kerry is a new constituency which replaced the electoral districts of Kerry South and Kerry North/West Limerick, with this part of Limerick now merged into Limerick County.
The single Kerry five seater sees all six TDs from the former Kerry constituencies seeking re-election. Fine Gael’s outgoing TDs, Junior Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Brendan Griffin are joined by former Tralee mayor, Grace O’Donnell.
Fianna Fáil are running two candidates, Cllr John Brassil from Ballyheigue and Waterville-based councillor Norma Moriarty.
Sinn Féin deputy Martin Ferris and Labour TD Arthur Spring are their parties’ sole candidates.
Also defending their seats are Tom Fleming of the Independent Alliance and Independent Michael Healy-Rae. Donal Corcoran is contesting the election for Renua, Brian Finucane is standing for People Before Profit/ Anti Austerity Alliance, while independent candidates Henry Gaynor,Kevin Murphy and Michael Pixie O’Gorman are also standing. Michael Fitzgerald is representing the Green Party. The latest candidate to declare is independent Mary Fitzgibbon, who contested the 2011 election. She says her policies include opposition to a repeal of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees equal right to life of the unborn child and mother and she’s against water and property charges.