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Burke wins Fine Gael nomination

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 4:53pm

Senator Colm Burke has been selected to run for Fine Gael in the Cork North-Central constituency.

Senator Burke will run on the party’s ticket at the next general election after he was selected at a convention in The Commons Inn this week.

Mr Burke, a former MEP and Cork City councillor, defeated three other candidates, Cllr Joe Kavanagh, Julie O’Leary and John Kelleher. He will now aim to defend the seat currently held by Dara Murphy, who announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election.

Speaking about his selection, Senator Burke said: “I have been working in Cork North-Central for a long number of years. I have served on community associations, been chairperson of Blackpool Community Centre and Blackpool, Glen and Farranree Youth Training Centre over the years. I worked in these voluntary roles a long time before going into politics, and I look forward to the opportunity of going forward into a general election.”

Senator Burke said he planned to address key areas such as the fallout from Brexit, the housing crisis and the planned new hospital in Cork.

“Cork North-Central is a very mixed constituency, from farming communities and rural areas to big urban areas,” he said.

“So that will present many challenges and issues, and I look forward to running in an election and, if elected, trying to assist in dealing with some of those issues.”

It is not yet known whether Fine Gael will add another candidate before the next election. Both Cllr Kavanagh and Ms O’Leary took to Twitter following the convention to congratulate Senator Burke on his victory.

Cllr Kavanagh said: “Congratulations to Colm Burke on being selected as a candidate for next general election for Cork North-Central. Delighted to be a candidate for this convention and despite finishing a somewhat distant second in the final count, it was a privilege to contest it.”

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