Friday 24 November 2017

Labour stands by one-candidate move

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore
Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

LABOUR has defended its decision to put just one candidate forward at a selection convention tomorrow night ahead of next year's local elections.

This is despite the Killarney Electoral Area having eight seats on Kerry County Council.

The party has denied it has failed to attract other suitable candidates ahead of tomorrow night's convention, saying it was part of its strategy to only field one. The party is to hold its annual conference in the Co Kerry town this weekend.

However, Labour said it may add another name to the ticket closer to the election. A spokesman said it had gone through an interview process to choose possible candidates but was going to stick with its "tried and trusted formula" of running one candidate.

"We still have six or seven months to review this position but the plan at the present time is to continue with what we have," he said.

Sitting councillor Sean Counihan, who is also a member of the soon-to-be-defunct Killarney Town Council, will be the only nominee for selection.

Irish Independent

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