Fine Gael unveils experienced line-up to contest next local elections
FINE Gael has unveiled an experienced team to contest the next local elections in Kilkenny.
Minister John Phelan, who was recently appointed Fine Gael’s national Director of Elections, said the party has selected candidates with a strong track record and “deep roots” in their respective communities.
In the south of the county, specifically in the Piltown district, outgoing councillors Pat Dunphy from Mooncoin and Fidelis Doherty (pictured above with Minister Phelan and John Hayes) from Glenmore were again chosen for the Fine Gael ticket in the region. Ferrybank-based community activist John Hayes is the party’s third Fine Gael ballot paper.
While it is Mr Hayes’ first time to run, he is well-known in the Ferrybank community. He is an active member of the Joint Policing Committee in the area and a founder of the Combined Residents Association in Ferrybank.
In the north of the county, in the Castlecomer district, dedicated and experienced councillors, Mary Hilda Cavanagh from Galmoy and John Brennan from Clogh, were selected to run again.
Commenting on the selection conventions, Minister Phelan said: “We’re delighted to have such a strong Fine Gael team together for the imminent local elections. Four of the five candidates selected have served their communities for decades. They have worked tirelessly for their respective communities and have the skills, the knowledge, the passion, energy and the drive to best represent their local constituents.
“We’re also delighted to have John Hayes on the Fine Gael ticket. While it’s his first time to put his name on a ballot paper, he is very well-known in Ferrybank and the wider south Kilkenny community as a tireless worker in the community. I wish him and all the other candidates the very best,” he added.