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Fine Gael still contemplating Granard election line up as Keogh eyes independent seat

James Keogh
Photo by Shelley Corcoran

James Keogh Photo by Shelley Corcoran

 

It may be the best part of two months since Fine Gael held its Granard convention ahead of June’s local elections, but still no official announcement as to its overall line up has been made.

Sitting Cllr Micheal Carrigy and newcomer Padraig Brady (son of retiring Cllr Gerry Brady) are so far the only two on the party ticket.

Those still waiting to hear their political fate include Co Cllrs John Duffy and Frank Kilbride as well as Granard Town Cllr Maura Kilbride Harkin.

The warm favourite to fill the third spot is Dromard native Cllr Duffy while party bosses mull over whether to run the two remaining candidates or just one.

Meanwhile, and in an added twist, former Fine Gael Cllr James Keogh has confirmed his intention to seek election as an independent candidate also in Granard.

Cllr Keogh, speaking to longfordleader.ie earlier today (Tuesday), said he is quietly confident about his own electoral chances next June.

“The fact that I am living in the parish of Killoe there is around 600 to 700 new voters in that whole area now,” he said.

Another reason for his decision to run, he revealed, centres largely on the fact he now finds himself before the voting public as an independent.

“I am known for being outspoken and I have never stood behind a party whip,” he said.

“I have always spoken out on issues that concern people and this, in my opinion, is what people want.”

 

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