Fergal Dennehy, the party’s representative in the Togher and Glasheen area, and son of former FF TD John, said he believes the public are ready to give Fianna Fáil candidates another chance.
“The party did make mistakes in government. The party leader has acknowledged that and apologised,” he said.
“The feedback we’re getting on the doorsteps is people are willing to give FF another try.
“It’s a slow process but we’re on the right road — holding the Government to account and showing proper leadership.”
Mr Dennehy was speaking as he confirmed his intention to put his name forward for selection by the party.
A well-known community activist who has spent the last four years working on several community projects, he is founder and chairperson of a city-wide youth cafe network, is vice chairperson of Cork City Partnership company, secretary and founding member of Togher Boxing Club, secretary of Togher Community Association and chairman of Togher youth cafe.
Fianna Fáil is expected to begin candidate selection and hold local election conventions over the coming months.
Mr Dennehy is a sales executive for an architectural and metal systems company.
He is married to Michelle and the couple have two teenage children. He is a recent graduate of University College Cork’s Non-Formal Guidance (youth development) course.