Ferris and Daly are the chosen ones

Simon Brouder

SINN Féin have selected councillors Toiréasa Ferris and Pat Daly to represent the party in the Tralee area at next year's local elections.

SINN Féin have selected councillors Toiréasa Ferris and Pat Daly to represent the party in the Tralee area at next year's local elections.

Councillor Ferris, a member of Kerry County Council, and Councillor Daly, a member of Tralee Town Council since he was co-opted to replace Cllr Ferris on that body in April 2012, were named as the party's nominees following a selection convention at Tralee's Grand Hotel last Thursday evening.

The pair will contest the Kerry County Council election, which is expected to take place next May, in the new, nine seat, Tralee Municipal District electoral area which was created following the government's decision to abolish Ireland's town council.

The party's decision means sitting Sinn Fein Tralee Town Council member Cllr Cathal Foley, who was also a candidate at the convention, will not represent the party in the Tralee area when the county goes to the polls next year.

Unless Cllr Foley opts to run as an independent candidate he will lose the seat he has held in the Tralee area for the past 14 years.

Three people were nominated at the convention and councillors Ferris and Daly were selected as the party's Tralee candidates following a secret ballot.

Cllr Daly said he was honoured to be selected as a candidate.

"It's obviously a huge honour for both Toiréasa and I to be selected to stand for Sinn Féin. We are hoping to return with a much stronger team to Kerry County Council next year and provide people with a real alternative to the three parties of austerity.

Speaking after the result was announced, local Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris commended all three candidates for putting their names forward and said the party was lucky to have candidates of such calibre in the one area.

"Sinn Féin was in a very lucky position to have three candidates of such ability and experience in the one area and it is a sign of how the party was growing in the area. I am confident that the voters in this area will elect both Pa Daly and Toiréasa Ferris next year," he said.

Deputy Ferris congratulated both successful candidates and commiserated with Cllr Foley. Paying tribute to him, he said Cathal had served Sinn Féin and the people of Tralee extremely well for the past 14 years.

"Unfortunately someone was going to leave disappointed. We're all very proud of Cathal and the sacrifices he and his family have made over the years. I was lucky to have served with Cathal on the council for three years when both of us were first elected in 1999 and to witness at first hand his ability and honesty as a councillor. With the abolition of the town councils we are going to lose some excellent representatives," said Deputy Ferris.


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