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Denis Foley with his daughter Norma at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2000.

Denis Foley with his daughter Norma at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2000.

Denis Foley with his daughter Norma at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2000.

FIANNA Fail councillor Norma Foley has announced her intention to contest the next general election.

Ms Foley has been a councillor for 20 years and is the daughter of former Fianna Fail TD Denis Foley.

Her father served as a TD for Kerry North for over 18 years but was forced to resign from Fianna Fail in 2000 following revelations he held an offshore Ansbacher account. He served his final two years as an Independent deputy.

Ms Foley, a secondary school teacher, said national politics was the next "natural step" in her political career.

"I have been considering it for some time and got a lot of encouragement and endorsements so I felt now was the right time to declare my intentions," she said.

Kerry was left without any Fianna Fail TD for the first time since the foundation of the State in the last election in 2011.

The new five-seater Kerry constituency will be hotly contested and others to express and interest include former TD Tom McEllistrim.

Former Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue has also openly expressed an interest in making a return to national politics.

Irish Independent