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Fine Gael’s local candidates selected

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:56pm

Fine Gael has selected its north and southside candidates for the upcoming local elections.

Cllr Joe Kavanagh, who was selected to compete for one of six seats available to candidates in the Cork North East ward, believes that whoever is elected to the next council will face a difficult challenge but he is ready to meet the challenge “head on”.

Speaking to the Cork Independent yesterday, Cllr Kavanagh, who is the only sitting Fine Gael councillor on the northside, said: “The expansion of the city will bring new challenges to all of us in a lot of different ways. We’ll have six councillors in the North East and I will certainly be challenging for one of those seats.

“Every single one of those seats will be hard fought for as there will be a lot of people challenging for a seat on the new council. Unfortunately there is still only 31 councillors overall which I find hard to understand. I certainly think there should be more councillors, particularly on the northside. We’ve actually lost a councillor on the northside and have gone from 13 down to 12,” added Cllr Kavanagh.

Joining Cllr Kavanagh will be Councillors Julie O’Leary and Damien Boylan were also selected to run for northside Fine Gael seats.

Running in the South East ward is County Councillor Deirdre Forde from Douglas who, with the city boundary expansion, will now operate within the city limits, joining Fine Gael Cllr Des Cahill in the same constituency.

Selected to run for the South West ward were Cllr PJ Hourican and Cllr Derry Canty, who will also switch from county to city councillor.

Cork barrister Shane O’Callaghan was selected to run in the Cork South Central ward.

The local elections will take place on 24 May next year.

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