Fianna Fail picks candidates for Fermoy area council battle
Fianna Fáil has selected its candidates for the Fermoy area for next summer's local elections, becoming only the second party to officially confirm names on the ballot for the race for a place on Cork County Council.
Cllr Kevin O'Keeffe, Cllr Frank O'Flynn and Ian Doyle were the only candidates to put their names forward for the three places on the Fianna Fáil ticket to run in the new Fermoy Electoral Area.
The new Fermoy Electoral Area will be a six-seater and will see all the existing districts within the Fermoy area remain intact. The area will also gain townlands including Castletownroche and Charleville from both the Mallow and Kanturk areas.
The candidates were confirmed by local party members at a convention on Tuesday night at the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown.
Mr Doyle is the only new name on the ballot, joining Cllrs O'Keeffe and O'Flynn. Cllr O'Keeffe, who unsuccessfully ran in the 2011 General Election, first joined the council in 1997 when he was co-opted to replace his father Ned, while Cllr O'Flynn was first elected in 1999.
Mr Doyle, a married father of three, is from Charleville and 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.
The announcement is the second official endorsement of a candidate in the county. Donnchadh O'Laoghaire received the Sinn Fein nomination to run in Carrigaline prior to the unveiling of the new local election boundaries.