Political groups meet seperately to discuss control of the Council.

The Fianna Fail and Fine Gael groups on Kerry County Council will hold separate meetings this evening to discuss the control of the council. Neither party has enough votes to take the Chair at the Annual General Meeting tomorrow week. Four votes on the new council will determine who becomes Mayor next week. Labour and Sinn Fein are in play and won’t rule out entering an arrangement with either of the main parties.Independent Brendan Cronin has insisted he won’t deal with either Fianna Fail or the Healy-Raes and Cllr Michael Gleeson appeared to distance himself from Fianna Fail earlier this week. The eight Fine Gael councillors who meet in Tralee this evening will have to consider if they can come to an understanding with Sinn Fein. The opposition will need all 14 votes to take control. For Fianna Fail, if they retain the link with the Healy-Raes, then they only need Sinn Fein to abstain to claim the Chair.