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Patrick O’Connor Scarteen to consider General Election options



By Sean Moriarty

Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen has said that he would consider running for Dáil Eireann in the next General Election.

NOT RUNNING: Kerry TD Brendan Griffin has announced that he will not contest the next General Election.

CONSIDERATION: Kenmare Municipal District Mayor Patrick O'Connor-Scarteen says he will consider a General Election campaign.

The Killarney resident, who is the current Mayor of the Kenmare Municipal District, paid tribute to his fellow Fine Gael member Brendan Griffin TD who announced today (Tuesday) that he is not going to contest the next election.

Griffin said that family reasons were the main factors in his decision to withdraw from national politics. However, it is also understood that Mr Griffin was left disappointed that he did not secure a ministerial position in the Government reshuffle just before Christmas.

Griffin was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 2011 after a stint with Kerry County Council.

He was re-elected in the 2016 and 2020 elections. In that time, he served as Junior Minister for Sport and Tourism and more recent was the Fine Gael party’s deputy chief whip.

Mayor O’Connor-Scarteen paid tribute to his Fine Gael colleague.

"I wish my friend and colleague Brendan Griffin and his family all the best for the future. We were both elected to Kerry County Council in 2009 and have worked closely as part of the Fine Gael team in Kerry,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

"Brendan has always been a true public servant, hardworking, honest and very capable. His strong vote in three General Elections regardless of national political swings is testament to the high esteem he is held by the people of Kerry. He combines a great skill in delivering for Kerry people on grass roots issues and making his voice heard on national and legislative issues.”

Griffin’s departure will leave Fine Gael vulnerable in the next election which is about two years away if the current Government serves its full term.

O’Connor-Scarteen says it’s too early to say for certain if he will run, but will give it consideration.

"The Fine Gael team in Kerry will be strategising on how best to progress in next year's Local Elections and the General Election whenever that happens," he added.

“I will consider it in due course.”

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Jessie Buckley to perform live on RTE this Friday 22nd September



This Culture Night, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will present an hour-long live music and arts programme from Dún Lúiche in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht at 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.  

Actress and singer Jessie Buckley has been added to the list of stellar musicians who will perform with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the night. Jessie will perform a special rendition of a Sinéad O’Connor song in tribute to the late artist. 

Jessie commented: “I am very honoured to return to Culture Night 2023 to remember Sinéad O Connor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Sinéad was such a huge influence on so many women in Ireland and across the world, her courage, her mind, her politics and her intense beauty and soul. She was a warrior to humanity. I remember hearing her for the first time and feeling her uncompromising need to connect and affect. Recognising what couldn’t be said and speaking it out loud. I am so grateful for all her fire and all her love. It is such a privilege to return to Ireland for RTÉ Culture Night in Donegal to sing a song of gratitude for Sinéad and her family and friends.” 

Other artists performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra include The Murder Capital, R&B singer and 2FM Rising star Aby Coulibaly and Irish-based Ukrainian musician Olesya Zdorovetska.  

Friday 22nd September, 7pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player 

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N22 Killarney to Faranfore road further delayed

The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again. Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project […]




The revealing of the preferred route corridor for the construction of the new Killarney to Farranfore road has been delayed – again.

Four potential routes for the N22 Farranfore-Killarney project were identified and were put out to public consultation in May 2021. These have now been whittled down to just one.

It was previously promised that the preferred route would be published late last year.

This dragged on in to the Spring and there is still no sigh of the preferred route being revealed.

A recent Kerry County Council meeting a council official explained that there are further funding requirements to allow the council complete various reports and investigations required before the road can move to its next phase.

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