Wednesday 12 December 2018

O'Sullivan added to Cork East FF ticket

Bill Browne

The Fianna Fáil National Constituencies Committee this week announced councillor Padraig O'Sullivan has been added to the party's ticket to contest the next general election in Cork East alongside sitting TD Kevin O'Keeffe.

The Little Island native contested the general election in the Cork North Central constituency at the 2011 general election and was subsequently elected to the Council's Cobh LEA in the 2014 local elections, topping the poll with 2,600 first preference votes. 

While based in the east of the constituency, Cllr O'Sullivan is no stranger to north Cork having worked as a secondary teacher at Cólaiste an Chraoibhín in Fermoy for the last eight years. 

"I am very familiar with the area and a lot of former pupils at the school and their families would be know me well," Cllr O'Sullivan told The Corkman. 

"I hope they will remember me when it comes to going to the polls," he grinned. 

Cllr O'Sullivan said he believed that given the party's strong showing in Cork East at the 2016 general election, there was a fair chance that Fianna Fail could win back the seat it lost at the polls in 2011. He pointed out that Barbara Ahern, the daughter of Carrigtwohill-based former TD Michael Ahern, polled almost 4,600 first preference votes only losing the final and seat to Sinn Fein's Pat Buckley on the tenth count. 

"If I could replicate that showing and add another 500 votes there is a strong chance that I could take the fourth seat," said Cllr O'Sullivan. 

"The fact that there is currently no sitting TD in the Cobh/Carrigtwohill pocket could also be an advantage to me," he added. 

Welcoming Cllr O'Sullivan's addition to the Cork East ticket, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was an "outstanding public representative and community activist" who has worked hard on behalf of his council constituents. 

"Padraig will inject a freshness into politics in Cork East and I have no doubt that if elected to Dáil Eireann he will be a first-class Deputy who will represent his people with energy and commitment," said Deputy Martin. 

"Padraig is highly regarded, is involved in many sporting and community groups and represents a new generation of people committed to public service and helping those in all walks of life," he added. 

A remarkable story Bob Jackson tells the remarkable story of Aidan MacCarthy, a doctor from Castletownbere, who, at 28, joined the RAF in London as World War II began. Soon after he found himself evacuated from Dunkirk.

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