FIANNA Fail members in Limerick City have selected sitting TD Willie O’Dea to contest the next general election in the constituency.
The former Defence Minister was selected unopposed at a convention which took place last night in the Strand Hotel.
His selection to contest a tenth consecutive general election was widely expected, after Cllr James Collins said he would not be challenging Mr O’Dea despite receiving a nomination from the party’s grass roots.
Afterwards, Mr O’Dea commented: “This is a tremendously important election for the whole country, and especially for Limerick City, where people see no benefit from the recovery that Government repeatedly tells us is underway. The Government obsesses about cuts to the top rate of tax at the very same time as services are collapsing, families struggle to meet basic bills and the number of children in poverty doubles. People hear the Taoiseach talking about being the best little country in the world to do business at the very same time as our children bear the brunt of cuts.”
Mr O’Dea pledged that his party here in Limerick will be fighting hard in the coming year, and “demanding accountability for the broken promises and setting out our vision for a fairer future.”
For more on this story, see Monday’s Limerick Leader newspaper