FIANNA Fail’s local election campaigns stepped up this week with the party announcing candidates for various venues.
It also announced the retirement of Kilcock based Cllr. Liam Doyle, first elected in 1985.
On 2 October at the Townhouse Hotel, Naas, three candidates, Cllr. Willie Callaghan, James Lawless and Robert Power were selected unopposed to run in the Naas electoral area.
The Naas area includes Sallins, Kill, Johnstown, Caragh, Kilcullen and Ballymore Eustace.
Cllr. Willie Callaghan is the party’s sole sitting councillor in the Naas area and is also a member of Naas Town Council.
Mr. Lawless, a barrister, works in regulatory compliance..
Mr. Power, son of former TD, Sean, is a Caragh native. He lives in Naas and works in internet marketing with Paddy Power bookmakers.
At the Celbridge area convention in the Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip, on 3 October, the 50 odd delegates elected Cllr. Frank O’Rourke and Gráinne Whelan, with Town Cllr. Bernard Caldwell losing the vote. Cllr. O’Rourke received 37 of 51 votes on the first count with Whelan/Caldwell each around six. Whelan got most O’Rourke transfers on the second count. Party sources say Cllr. Caldwell could possibly be added to the ballot by party HQ. Cllr. O’Rourke was co-opted to the seat in 2010 after long standing councillor Paul Kelly retired his seat. The Leitrim native, now living in Celbridge, works for Irish Tar and Bitumen Suppliers.
Ms. Whelan, a solicitor, is a Leixlip native..
Two candidates, former councillor, Daragh Fitzpatrick, and Maynooth based, Naoise O’Cearuil, were selected to run in the Maynooth/Clane area at a convention at Kilcock GAA on 1 October.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, son of late TD Michael Fitzpatrick, served from 2007 to 2009. A bookmaker, he has several shops around the north of the county. Mr Ó Cearúil, is active in NUIM and is particularly focused in Irish language matters, particularly the development of a Gaelcholaiste for the area. Cllr. Liam Doyle declared his intention not to seek re-election in May 2014.
On 9 September, Cllr. Mark Dalton and Cllr. Martin Miley were selected to run in Athy.
The party’s Kildare area convention is expected later this month.