Archives - November 1982 FIANNA Fáil believe they are on course to win back a Second seat in South Kerry. They only need a swing of 0.8% and the Taoiseach, Mr. Haughey, will spend most of Friday (late November 1982) in the constituency to give a boost to their prospects.
But perhaps the greatest cause for optimism in the party is the support being given to candidate John O'Donoghue by the Chub O'Connor camp in Killorglin. During the last two elections O'Donoghue did not get there full support, possible because 76-yearold Chub lost his seat in 1981 when O'Donoghue was added to the FF ticket by party headquarters.
Chub's daughter, Rita, is now canvassing for O'Donoghue in the town while Cllr. Tommy Cahill of Glenbeigh and Senator Tom Fitzgerald of Dingle are working around the clock canvassing for the young solicitor.
O'Donoghue himself is delighted with the campaign so far.
''Our chances of getting back a seat are quite good,'' he said. ''I have the entire organisation behind me this time, and we seem to be doing very well around Dingle. Of course the fact that Tom Cahill and Tom Fitzgerald are working full time on my behalf is giving an enormous boost,'' he said.
''In Killorglin the Chub camp are also giving great help. I think that perhaps when there were three candidates on the Fianna Fáil ticket, the workers did not know who to canvass for. Now it is perfectly clear, with the constituency split up the middle between myself and John O'Leary.
'' We have very strong Cumainn around Dingle and Castlegregory and they seem to be doing very well under Tom Fitz. There is huge effort being put in and I think we can clinch the second seat.''