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O'Keeffe won't contest local election

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:02pm

A southside councillor is the latest one to bow out of the next local election in May.

Fianna Fáil’s Nicholas O’Keeffe has decided not to contest the next election because of career and family commitments.

The south-east ward councillor announced the decision this week saying that it has been a great honour and privilege to serve the people of Cork as a city councillor since 2014.

He said: “It was wonderful to support so many individuals, associations, communities, committees, clubs and groups during this time.

“Of course, I will still be very active in my council work up until the new council is convened in June and thereafter I will remain an active member of Fianna Fáil and of the local community.”

Other south-east councillors Shane O’Shea (Sinn Féin) and Laura McGonigle (Fine Gael) also recently announced that they wouldn’t running in May’s election.

This ward is set to change when the new boundary extension comes into effect in May too with it taking in parts of Rochestown, Douglas, Frankfield and Grange while it loses parts of Ballinlough. It's understood that it will have six seats.

Other sitting councillors who have decided not to contest the next election include Tom O’Driscoll (FF) in the south-central ward, John Buttimer (FG) and Mary Shields (FF) in the south-west ward, Solidarity’s Marion O’Sullivan in the north-west ward and Sinn Féin’s Stephen Cunningham in the north-east ward.

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