Fianna Fail Councillor Paul O’Donoghue pulls out of local elections

Radio Kerry understands that Kerry County Councillor Paul O’Donoghue will not be contesting next May’s local election. The Killorglin solicitor topped the poll at the Fianna Fail local selection convention for the South and West Kerry electoral area in November but has now decided not to run. Cllr Paul O'Donoghue Radio Kerry understands that Fianna Fail spent several days trying to persuade Paul O’Donoghue to change his mind but to no avail. It’s understood that his work load as a solicitor played a significant role in his decision. Cllr O’Donoghue is currently the party whip on Kerry County Council  and members of the O’Donoghue family have held seats on the council since 1960. Sources within the Fianna Fail party indicate that the election strategy for the party will have to be reviewed and changed in the light of his decision. Cllr O’Donoghue  was selected alongside Cllr Michael O’Shea and Brendán Fitzgerald  from Dingle in November’s convention. Cllr O Donoghue’s brother and former Minister John O’Donoghue has indicated his intention to seek the nomination to run for the party at the next General Election.