Radio Kerry understands that Independent councillor Michael Cahill has re-joined Fianna Fáil. Michael Cahill, who left the party shortly before the 2011 general election will be reinstated as a Fianna Fáil councillor at Kerry County Council’s monthly meeting on Monday morning.
Cllr Michael Cahill has been a member of Kerry County Council since 1989 and left the party along with former Deputy Tom Fleming in 2011. The Rossbeigh based councillor served as Deputy Fleming’s parliamentary assistant in Dáil Éireann until leaving the post in 2014.
Cllr Cahill was elected previously to Kerry County Council as a Fianna Fáil member on four occasions in 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2009 following in the footsteps of his late father Tom Cahill.
The move had to be sanctioned by Fianna Fáil headquarters as well as by the local party organisation in Kerry and by fellow Fianna Fáil council members.
His reinstatement brings the number of Fianna Fáil councillors to 10 on Kerry Council and makes them the largest party, one ahead of Fine Gael.