Five more FF councillors in Kerry consider seeking Dáil nomination

Five more Fianna Fáil councillors in Kerry are considering putting their names forward for selection as a party candidate for the next general election. fianna fail One councillor has told Radio Kerry News his hat will be in the ring while four others say they are giving the matter serious thought It follows a declaration by Tralee councillor Norma Foley that she would be seeking a nomination. No date has yet been set for the Fianna Fáil convention in the new five-seat constituency and it’s not yet clear how many candidates will be chosen. Already declared as seeking a Dáil nomination for the new Kerry constituency are former TDs Thomas McEllistrim and John O’Donoghue. Senator Mark Daly and Ballyheigue councillor, John Brassil, have also expressed an interest. Cllr Michael O’Shea from Milltown has told Radio Kerry News he will contest the selection convention whenever it is held. Waterville-based councillor, Norma Moriarty said she has not made any decision yet and will consider the issue as circumstances unfold. Cllr John Joe Culloty in the Killarney area says he is considering his situation at present as is Cllr John Francis Flynn in Killorglin. Another recently elected councillor, Niall Kelleher from Rathmore, said he was giving the matter deliberation but it would depend on the strategy adopted and the number of candidates to be picked. Listowel county councillor, Jimmy Moloney – whose grandfather, Dan, was a Kerry North TD in the late 1950s – said he wouldn’t be putting his name forward at this time. The Fianna Fáil Comhairle Dáil Cheanntair has asked party headquarters to hold the convention before the end of March. It’s expected that gender quota requirements will dictate that at least one candidate will be a woman.