Doyle to run for council

Published 11/07/2013|05:26

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Ian Doyle at Charleville Show with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

THE change in the boundaries for the forthcoming local government elections in 2014, which sees Charleville and surrounding areas moving from the Kanturk electoral area to the Fermoy area, may bring an unexpected bonus for Charleville in that a locally based candidate will contest the election for the first time on a Fianna Fail ticket.

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THE change in the boundaries for the forthcoming local government elections in 2014, which sees Charleville and surrounding areas moving from the Kanturk electoral area to the Fermoy area, may bring an unexpected bonus for Charleville in that a locally based candidate will contest the election for the first time on a Fianna Fail ticket.

Local man Ian Doyle is to contest the Cork County Council elections as a Fianna Fail candidate. It is expected that Ian, who has already been endorsed by Fianna Fail headquarters, will be ratified at a Fianna Fail convention which will be held within a few weeks in North Cork.

A native of Charleville, Ian is a member of an old and long established local family who have been prominent in the town's business life for generations. He was a laboratory technician at the former Golden Vale factory complex prior to setting up his own fuel distribution business in the town some years ago.

A community activist, he is president of the Charleville Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, chairman of Charleville Community Forum and vice-chairman of Charleville Show Society, and he has played a huge part in the growth and development of the horse and show jumping section of the annual two day show.

Married to Angie, the couple have three children ranging in age for 19 to 23 years. He has a life long interest in local politics and in the needs and future development of Charleville and area.

"I've been greatly heartened by the people who have contacted me asking me to contest the council election over past weeks. I have discussed the proposition with my family and friends and, having thought long and hard, I decided to seek the nomination," said Ian. "I do so with the best interests of Charleville and its hinterland in mind.

"I have worked with a lot of community groups and charities locally over the years and I am willing to give 100% as I am fully aware of the challenges that people of all ages face in these difficult times economic times.

"I feel it a great honour to be asked to in the first instance and I am looking forward to the huge challenge ahead," said Mr Doyle.

Charleville people have for long been bemoaning the fact that there is no councillor or other elected representative resident in the town, rendering it weakened politically and without a dedicated voice in the council chamber or in the Dail, he added.

Cllr Bart Donegan is the current, sitting Fianna Fail TD for the Charleville area.

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