Limerick senator says his father should be allowed to fill his council seat

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

LIMERICK’S newly elected Labour Party senator James Heffernan has said that it would be undemocratic if his father is blocked from filling his vacant seat on Limerick County Council by the party leadership.

LIMERICK’S newly elected Labour Party senator James Heffernan has said that it would be undemocratic if his father is blocked from filling his vacant seat on Limerick County Council by the party leadership.

Senator Heffernan was responding to reports this week that the Labour national executive have signalled that they will not support the candidacy of his father, Pat, or the relatives of any of its successful Seanad election candidates, for co-option to local authorities.

It is expected that any candidate hoping to fill Senator Heffernan’s seat in the Kilmallock electoral area will have to be approved in advance by a three-person Labour Party panel, before being sent forward for a vote at a local selection convention.

However, it is understood that the Labour leadership have issued a fresh directive that vacant council seats should not be filled by relatives of tose vacating them.

Senator Heffernan said that his father, who is the chairman of the South Limerick GAA Board, is “considering” contesting the vacant council seat, and should be allowed to do so.

“If he wants to go for it, let him go for it. The selection process hasn’t begun