FG councillor Kevin Kiely will contest general election - regardless of whether party backs him

FORMER Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely has confirmed that he is to run in the next general election, ending months of speculation over his intentions.

FORMER Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Kiely has confirmed that he is to run in the next general election, ending months of speculation over his intentions.

But it is not yet clear whether it will be as an Independent or for Fine Gael, although the northside councillor predicted he will be added to his party's ticket.

It is understood that Cllr Kiely, known for his outspoken views, has met with party leaders about being added to the ticket.

With Maurice Quinlivan, expected to poll very well in the northside of Limerick city, Cllr Kiely, an arch rival, could dent the Sinn Fein man's vote were he to run.

But he said he is out purely to win a seat.

"I am one of the longest serving members in Limerick City Council, and I am not taking this decision lightly. I have had people onto me on a daily basis asking me to ensure my name is before the electorate, and I cannot let those people down.

"I think I will be on the Fine Gael ticket. I would be fairly confident of either winning a seat or ensuring Fine Gael win a second seat," he said. "I just wanted to put everybody on note that I am ready, and prepared, and will be a candidate either way."