Race is on to fill Mitchell’s seats

Today (Wednesday) is the deadline for nominations for Fine Gael candidates to fill the Town and County Council seats vacated by Alan Mitchell who was appointed a district court judge last month.

Today (Wednesday) is the deadline for nominations for Fine Gael candidates to fill the Town and County Council seats vacated by Alan Mitchell who was appointed a district court judge last month.

Speaking at last Thursday’s Town Council meeting, Cllr James Keogh confirmed he would be seeking to fill Alan Mitchell’s seat on the County Council. “I want to dispel any rumours and say that my name is in the hat to be Alan’s replacement,” Cllr Keogh told his colleagues in the Town Council.

The Killoe district branch of Fine Gael nominated Cllr Keogh on Sunday night, and it is expected John Browne and Gerry Hagan would join Cllr Keogh on the ballot at next Sunday’s convention where the candidates for the vacant seats will be officially selected.

It is understood Denis Hughes, who narrowly missed out on a seat at the Local Elections in 2009, will be the only nomination for the Town Council seat.

Fine Gael will hold a convention this Sunday April 15 in the Longford Arms Hotel, with a guest chairperson in attendance. The convention to fill the Town Council seat will take place at 7.30pm and the County Council one will take place at 8.30pm.

While no other local members have publicly expressed an interest in running for the seats, a local Fine Gael insider would not rule out the possibility of a late entry to the race.