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Cllr Michael Gleeson chairing the last ever Killarney Town Council meeting in the Town Chambers with fellow councillors Tom Doherty and Sean Counihan on Monday evening

Cllr Michael Gleeson chairing the last ever Killarney Town Council meeting in the Town Chambers with fellow councillors Tom Doherty and Sean Counihan on Monday evening

Michelle Cooper Galvin

Cllr Michael Gleeson chairing the last ever Killarney Town Council meeting in the Town Chambers with fellow councillors Tom Doherty and Sean Counihan on Monday evening

A new candidate has joined the General Election Race in Kerry.

On Monday, Spa native Henry Gaynor announced he will run in next year's General Election as an independent candidate.

Mr Gaynor, a 52-year-old, father of two, is an employee of Kerry Ingredients, is a member of the Tralee/Ballyhea Says No campaign and has been involved in the anti water charge movement.

He said he was motivated to get involved in politics following the passing of the controversial bank guarantee.

"Up until the night of the infamous blanket bank guarantee I was a fairly benign citizen, keeping my head down, earning a living, and generally getting on with life," he said.

"On that fateful day I woke up and realized that the loyalty, values, and respect I had for my country meant nothing to those tasked with regulating and governing it, and if I didn't do anything about the betrayal I felt, I would die a bitter and angry old man. I made a promise to myself that I would spend the rest of my life opposing the plutocratic system that has ruined so many lives in trying to save itself from its own self-destruction," said Mr Gaynor.

Meanwhile the Kerry Independent Alliance is set to name its General Election candidate in early January. The party led by Kerry County Councillor Michael Gleeson is to hold its selection convention early next month.

Currently Cllr Gleeson is the only candidate going forward for the party's nomination. Cllr Gleeson contested the 2011 General Election in Kerry South winning 4,939 votes.

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