Fianna Fáil’s National Constituencies Committee has confirmed the addition of Cllr. Norma Moriarty to the party ticket in the Kerry constituency.
She joins sitting TD and Spokesperson on Primary Care and Community Health, John Brassil.
The ticket in Kerry will be kept under review over the next number of months.
4,400 First Preferences
Cllr. Moriarty is a native of Waterville, and stood in the 2016 General Election where polled over 4400 first preference votes. Cllr. Moriarty was first elected to Kerry County Council at the 2014 Local Elections for the South and West Electoral Area.
Originally a secondary school teacher, Norma currently works as an English and Learning Support Teacher in Kenmare.
Thrilled at Selection
“I’m thrilled to be selected by Fianna Fáil to contest the next General Election,” said Cllr. Moriarty is response to the news.
“I’m determined to win a second seat for the party and to join my good friend and colleague, Deputy John Brassil in the Dáil.
Fianna Fáil Team
“Kerry needs a strong Fianna Fáil team representing it in Dáil Éireann to ensure that it gets the investment it needs to keep it as one of the best places to live and work in the country,” Cllr. Moriarty concluded.
Expression of Disappointment from Cllr. Niall Kelleher
In a statement issued last evening, Cllr Niall Kelleher of the Killarney Municipal District Council expressed his disappointment at not being given the nod to run in the upcoming general election.
Cllr. Kelleher’s statement is as follows:
“Following confirmation from the Fianna Fáil’s National Constituencies Committee of the addition of Cllr. Norma Moriarty to the party ticket in the Kerry constituency for the next general election, I wish to congratulate my party colleague and wish her every success with the campaign.
As Director of Organisation for the party in Kerry, I look forward to working with Deputy John Brassil and Cllr Moriarty to ensure that maximum gains are made in the next general election.
I would also like to thank Senator Mark Daly, Cllr Michael Cahill, Cllr Norma Foley, Cllr Michael D O’Shea and Cllr Tom McEllistrim who, like me, had expressed an interest in representing the party which is an indication of the very healthy state of the FF organisation in the county.
On a personal note, I am disappointed that I have not been added to the ticket, thus far, but I am encouraged by the fact that the National Constituencies Committee has stressed that the situation in Kerry will be kept under review over the next number of months.
I am not alone in thinking that to be in with the best possible chance of winning two seats in Kerry, we need to run three candidates and we need to maximise geographical advantages.
I will now be concentrating on the next election we know we will face and that is the local elections in May 2019 when I will focus on increasing my vote.
We will see what happens after that as, in terms of the timing for a general election, we are still in the dark,” – Cllr. Niall Kelleher.
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