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Following a recent selection convention held in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea, attended by Chris MacManus MEP and Mairéad Farrell TD, Sinn Féin have confirmed two more candidates to contest next June’s Local Elections. Ailish O’Reilly from Woodford will stand in the Loughrea LEA while Louis O’Hara from Athenry will run in the Athenry-Oranmore LEA.
Local Sinn Féin spokesperson for Agriculture, Deputy Claire Kerrane, has called on the Government to allow her party’s legislation to establish one authority to manage the River Shannon to be progressed.
Radio star Ollie Turner took the first step into a career in politics on Sunday night when he was added to the Fine Gael ticket for next summer’s elections to Galway County Council.
The announcement on Wednesday that Mayo has been recommended for a change-up from a four-seater to a five-seater Dáil Constituency, and that county boundaries be reinstated so that up to 6,000 votes from areas of South Mayo are returned to the electoral area, has well and truly started the ball rolling on General Election campaigning around the county.
As if it hadn’t happened already, the next General Election campaign kicked off in earnest yesterday morning with the publication of the new electoral boundaries across the country. For politicians, it’s a bit like the World Cup where you know you’ve qualified but you find out the hotels you’ll be staying in and most importantly, the pitch you will be playing on.
Mayo Sinn Féin has selected its second candidate for next year’s local elections, Tony Geraghty, to run alongside Donna Hyland, who was selected for the party last month.
Local Fine Gael Minister of State, Deputy Peter Burke, has called for sections of County Westmeath currently in the Meath West constituency to be returned to the Longford/Westmeath electoral area prior to a future general election.
Local Independent Deputy, Denis Naughten, has confirmed that he will not contest the next General Election, due to take place in 2025.