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Saturday 24 August 2019

Change is on cards for local FF election ticket

Harry Keaney

LONG-SERVING North Sligo Fianna Fail councillor Patsy Barry has confirmed he will not be running as a candidate in the next local elections.

LONG-SERVING North Sligo Fianna Fail councillor Patsy Barry has confirmed he will not be running as a candidate in the next local elections.

Clr Barry, 72, made the announcement at a meeting of the Grange Fianna Fail cumann last night, Monday.

Speculation now turns to who might replace him in what will be a huge 10-seater area.

A convention to select Fianna Fail candidates in the Sligo area is scheduled for September 8th.

A number of local newcomers have already been mentioned.

They include secretary of the North Sligo Fianna Fail Comhairle Ceantair Donal Gilroy, of Gilroy Energy Services, and Martina Harkin Kelly, a HSE employee and trade union activist.

It's thought former garda Eugene McHale may also run.

However, it remains unclear at present whether McHale would be seeking a Fianna Fail nomination or, alternatively, run as an Independent.

Also thought to be among those interested in seeking a nomination are Finbarr Diamond, Ballintogher, son of long serving Fianna Fail activist Kathleen Diamond.

Former Mayor of Sligo Tom MacSharry confirmed he would be seeking a nomination but he emphasised it was up to the convention to decide.

"I am canvassing voting delegates at the moment," he said.

MacSharry retired from Sligo County Council in 2009 after one term to concentrate on building his legal practice.

The Fianna Fail convention to selection candidates in the new 8-seater Ballymote area is expected to take place on Friday, September 6th.

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