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The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council has said he’s “astonished” Kerry is not represented on the Citizens’ Assembly.

Cllr Michael O’Shea with the Mayoral chain was elected Mayor of Kerry today at the AGM of Kerry County Council . Michael is from Miltown Co Kerry . Personal Profile – Cllr. Michael O’Shea, A native of Milltown, Michael O’Shea was first co-opted to Kerry County Council on 25th July, 1994 to replace the late Fianna Fáil councillor from Killorglin, Pat Finnegan. Cllr. O’Shea has remained a Fianna Fáil councillor ever since and is the third longest serving councillor in the County. He represented the Killorglin Electoral Area until 1999 and represented the Dingle Electoral Area until 2014. He has been a councillor in the South & West Kerry Municipal District since then, and was Cathaoirleach of the MD in 2014/2015. Cllr. O’Shea is married to Susan (O’Connor0, a grand-daughter of the former Kerry South TD, Timothy ‘Chub’ O’Connor. He is a nephew of former councillor and former chairwoman of Kerry County Council, Mary O’Donoghue of Caherciveen and a first cousin of former councillors John O’Donoghue and Paul O’Donoghue. Cllr. O’Shea is a publican and has three sons. This is the first time he has served as Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD - www.dwalshphoto.ie Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/mail : info@dwalshphoto.ie WEB Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie

It’s emerged of the Assembly’s 99 members, ten counties are without representation – including Kerry.

Mayor of Kerry, Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael O’Shea, says the Citizens’ Assembly brief to discuss the Eighth Amendment is one which, in his view, requires representation from every county.

He says in terms of accurately gauging an urban and rural point of view, Kerry has shown in past referenda to harbour a broad balance of views and should be included.

The Cathaoirleach also said he didn’t understand why a lottery system was used to fill the panel.

26 of the 99 representatives on the Assembly are from Dublin, with 14 from Cork.

The Milltown councillor says such a major issue should have broader geographical representation.