Sunday 18 August 2019

Setback for ex-TD in bid to relaunch political career

Anne McEllistrim with her brother Thomas in Killarney last nigh
Anne McEllistrim with her brother Thomas in Killarney last nigh
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A BID by a former Fianna Fail TD to relaunch his political career received a setback last night when his sister failed to be selected to contest local elections in another area to make room for him.

Siblings Tom and Anne McEllistrim had hoped to both be on the ticket representing Fianna Fail in the local elections in Kerry next summer.

Ms McEllistrim has represented the Tralee area on Kerry County Council since 2004, but had been hoping to seek re-election in Killarney so her brother could contest in Tralee.

But in a surprise outcome at last night's Fianna Fail selection convention at the INEC in Killarney, Ms McEllistrim was beaten by businessman Niall Kelleher by 17 votes to 13. Mr McEllistrim confirmed to the Irish Independent last night he was still putting his name forward for the Tralee selection convention.

Mr McEllistrim was a TD for the North Kerry constituency for nine years, but lost his seat at the last general election. His sister was first co-opted on to Kerry County Council in 2004.

Prior to last night's selection convention, Fianna Fail had decided to run three candidates in the area, one Killarney-based, one near Castleisland and one from east Kerry.

Sitting councillor John Joe Culloty was selected unopposed for east Kerry.

Killarney town councillor Tom Doherty lost out to postman John O'Shea.

Irish Independent

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