Potential presidential candidate critical of Kerry County Council

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Potential presidential candidate Kevin Sharkey has criticised Kerry County Council for the amount of time it has given him and other prospective candidates to address councillors.

The Donegal artist has been invited to attend a specially convened meeting on Monday, 3rd of September where he can appeal to councillors to support his bid to contest the October election.

The invite states that Mr Sharkey will get 10 minutes to address the councillors.

Prospective candidates looking for support from councils have already addressed Carlow and Wexford County CouncilS at which Mr Sharkey says they were given 25 minutes followed by a 10 minute question and answers session.

He says Kerry County Council’s arrangements are disrespectful.


Kerry County Council has told Radio Kerry it is in the process of organising the meeting to allow those seeking a nomination to make a presentation to councillors.

Those who have already contacted the council have been invited to attend that meeting.

Responding to Mr Sharkey’s criticism over time, the council said an hour and a half has been set aside and that this is similar to the last presidential election.

Any resolution around nominating a candidate would then be dealt with by full council at its monthly meeting on 17 September.

The council did not confirm how many prospective candidates have been invited.