Kerry fury as Moriarty added to the FF ticket
A FIANNA Fáil councillor, who withdrew her name from consideration ahead of the party's selection convention in Kerry, has been added to the ticket to contest the next general election.
Norma Moriarty (43), a teacher at Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine in Kenmare, joins the Mayor of Kerry John Brassil to contest the election for Fianna Fáil in the new five-seater Kerry constituency.
The decision is said to have infuriated party members in Kerry, who feel the choice was taken out of their hands.
Submissions had been made to Fianna Fáil's constituency committee by a number of disappointed candidates, including former TD for Kerry North, Tom McEllistrim, Senator Mark Daly, Killarney councillor Niall Kelleher and Ms Moriarty.
Mr Daly criticised party policy of candidates being selected by headquarters.
He said: "It is the 1,500 members in Kerry who should decide who the candidates should be and not two people in a room in Dublin. This is not the transparency party members expect."
Ms Moriarty, a niece-in-law of legendary GAA coach Mick O'Dwyer and cousin of former footballer Maurice Fitzgerald, was first elected to Kerry County Council last year.