North Longford local election battle lines drawn as Fine Gael launch four-pronged candidate strategy

Kilbride and Murtagh join Carrigy and Brady on Granard Municipal District ticket

Liam Cosgrove


Liam Cosgrove


Fine Gael

Gary Murtagh, Cllr Pauric Brady, Frank Kilbride and Cllr Micheal Carrigy at last night's Fine Gael selection convention

Fine Gael have stepped up the ante ahead of this year's local elections by selecting four candidates to run in the Granard Municipal District.

Sitting Councillors Micheal Carrigy and Pauric Brady were joined by former colleague Frank Kilbride and  LCRL's Gary Murtagh at a well attended selection convention at Colmcille Community Centre last night (Sunday).

There had been talk of a contest being held beforehand with rumours that a fifth candidate from the Granard area was also looking to add their name to the party ticket.

As it transpired however, no vote was taken with the party opting to add Mr Kilbride's and Mr Murtagh's names to those of outgoing councillors Micheal Carrigy and Pauric Brady.