Just one candidate puts forward name to Fine Gael’s general election convention for Kerry

Just one candidate has put forward his name to contest Fine Gael’s upcoming Kerry convention to select a running mate alongside Minister Brendan Griffin for the next general election.

The convention will be held on October 21st in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee.

Friday week, October 5th, is the deadline for candidates to put forward their names to contest the convention.


Cllr Mike Kennelly from Listowel is the only candidate so far to submit his name for the Fine Gael general election convention which will be held in under a month’s time.

Cllr Aoife Thornton has ruled out her involvement.

The Cathoirleach of Listowel Municipal District says she’s interested in running for the Dáil in the future when her children are older.

The Kerry constituency is a five-seater with Michael and Danny Healy-Rae holding two seats as independents, while Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have one each since the February 2016 election.

Cllr Toiréasa Ferris will be the Sinn Féin candidate at the next general election while at this stage, Fianna Fáil have two candidates, Deputy John Brassil and Cllr Norma Moriarty, although it’s speculated that a third may be added to the ticket.