Poll topper lifts hopes of success
LABOUR'S newest recruit was last night tasked with winning the party's first seat in the Roscommon-Leitrim area for the first time since the 1960s.
The party is hoping poll-topping councillor John Kelly can repeat Jack McQuillan's success in Roscommon.
He won a Labour seat in 1951 and managed to hang on to it until 1969. Community welfare officer Kelly, who has served the Ballaghadereen area for more than 24 years, got 4,540 first preferences in the last general election -- well short of the quota of 11,520.
The decision by Mr Kelly, an independent, to join Labour boosts its prospects in the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency, Eamon Gilmore said. Announcing the new recruit, he described it as a "very significant" development.