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ODowd son may run in local elections


Vincent O’Dowd

Vincent O’Dowd

Vincent O’Dowd

By Marie Kierans The 19-year-old son of Fine Gael deputy Fergus ODowd may throw his hat in the ring in next years local elections, the Drogheda Independent can exclusively reveal.

It is believed that Vincent O’Dowd is giving strong consideration to running in the Duleek Gate Ward, the ward which his father has represented for over twenty years.

If the local Government Bill is passed as expected in the coming weeks then Deputy O’ Dowd will not be eligible to stand in the local elections next year and his son may run instead.

Fine Gael sources indicate that the party is mounting a major campaign to win four Borough Council seats next year after the disappointment in the 1999 elections when only Deputy O’Dowd managed to win a seat.

It is believed that Kevin Callan will also run for Fine Gael while other names being mentioned include Anthony Donoghue, a teacher in St Oliver’s Community College and local community worker Sheila Neary.

Michael O’Dowd, a brother of Deputy O’Dowd, and a member of Louth County Council may also contest the Drogheda Borough Council race as might Cllr Oliver Tully.

‘We have some very strong candidates and we believe that we can gain ground and win seats in next years’ elections. Fianna Fail is not producing for Drogheda and we feel that people are looking for an alternative,’ said the source.

‘There are a lot of new people living in Drogheda and we think that they will be impressed with the calibre of our candidates.’