Fianna Fáil has nominated teacher Norma Moriarty, from Waterville, to replace Cllr Paul O’Donoghue on the party’s ticket in the South and West Kerry area for the May local elections.
Attached to Pobal Scoil Inbher Sceine, Kenmare, Ms Moriarty, who has been on the board of IRD Waterville for 15 years, will join Cllr Michael O’Shea, Brendan Fitzgerald and John Francis Flynn on the ticket.
Yesterday, she said she received a call from the party last week and gave due consideration to a request to run. Ms Moriarty’s family has been involved in FF for many years and she served on the party’s Comhairle Dáil Ceanntair.
“I’ve been active in various community activities, including the Charlie Chaplin Film Festival, in Waterville, and if successful (in the election) would take the opportunity to further develop that kind of activity.”
She said it was important to listen to people’s requirements at grassroots level.
Mr O’Donoghue, a Killorglin solicitor, caused surprise in FF and other political circles when he withdrew from the contest last week, citing work commitments.
There was speculation his brother, former FF minister and ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue, might be added to the ticket.
However, he is remaining tightlipped about his future plans.
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