Connect with us

News

Kelleher expresses disappointment at FF snub

Published

on

F

Former Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher has expressed his disappointment at not being added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the next general election. Kelleher, a native of Rathmore, had hoped to get the nod ahead of the other six candidates who expressed an interest but in the end Cllr Norma Moriarty was chosen to join Deputy John Brassil on the card.

Kelleher congratulated Cllr Moriarty on her victory before adding that: “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.”

Senator Mark Daly, Cllr Michael Cahill, Cllr Norma Foley, Cllr Michael D O’Shea and Cllr Tom McEllistrim were the other candidates who were overlooked.

Cllr Cahill also expressed his dismay at not being selected, citing gender balance as one of the reasons the party went with Cllr Moriarty.

“For my part I wish to state that I am not at all surprised but obviously very disappointed not to have been added to the party ticket,” he said. “Not surprised in that I was up against the gender balance whereby political parties have to run 30% female candidates to qualify for the maximum state funding.

“Disappointed in that I was one of five candidates that contested the party convention last January, coming out on top in South Kerry, the very same convention that both Cllr Michael O’Shea and Cllr Norma Moriarty were eliminated in. I have given my entire adult life to public service, almost 28 years, I am known for my tireless work and I am a proven vote getter.

“I received more votes in the 2014 local elections, more than any of the Fianna Fáil candidates including Deputy John Brassil. This along with my vast experience and political base in Mid Kerry would have put me in an ideal position to win a seat for the party.

“You should always play your strongest team.”

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

Published

on

0216728_Mucxkross_roaDS.jpg

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

Attachments

Continue Reading

News

Muckross Road reopened after fallen tree cleared

By Sean Moriarty Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel. A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park. Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open. Kerry County Council and the ESB […]

Published

on

0216710_Mucxkross_roaDS.jpg

By Sean Moriarty

Muckross Road was closed earlier today on the approach to the Muckross Park Hotel.

A tree had been blown over by Storm Barra and is blocking the road at the Muckross Abbey entrance to the National Park.

Killarney Gardai have confirmed that the road is re-open.

Kerry County Council and the ESB are aware of the incident.

“Electricity wires are tangled up in that one so ESB will have to attend,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can only clear these issues when it is safe to do so.”

Attachments

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending