Sunday 26 February 2017

Arthur in bid to revive Labour's Spring dynasty

Aine de Paor

DICK Spring's nephew Arthur will contest the next General Election in North Kerry as the family dynasty tries to win back what was once a secure Labour seat.

The Kerry county councillor, pictured right, was last night chosen at a Labour selection convention in Tralee, but the outcome was a foregone conclusion as his nomination was unopposed.

The 33-year-old's selection marks the resurgence of the Spring dynasty, which for six decades represented North Kerry until Dick Spring's surprise defeat in 2002.

Arthur's grandfather, Dan Spring, held the seat from 1943 until 1981, when his son Dick took over as TD.

The former Labour leader and ex-Tanaiste is to run his nephew's campaign.

A former bank executive, Arthur runs a juice bar in Tralee and was elected to Kerry Co Council in 2009.

He said he was drawn into politics through a sense of frustration.

"You can either watch incompetency or get involved," he said.

Irish Independent

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