Large crowd expected at Fine Gael municipal district convention in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Cllr Bill O’Donnell announced a year ago he wouldn’t seek re-election

Cllr Bill O’Donnell announced a year ago he wouldn’t seek re-election

A LARGE crowd is expected in Bulgaden Castle on Monday for Fine Gael’s Cappamore-Kilmallock municipal district convention. 

There is a touch of the unknown as the party only has one current councillor – Ger Mitchell, Hospital – running again. Cllr Bill O’Donnell announced last January that he wouldn’t be putting his name forward again.

So the five that will contest the convention are Noreen Stokes, Pallasgreen; Tommie O’Sullivan, Kilfinane; John Egan, Murroe; Ger Mitchell, Hospital and Greg Conway, Kilmallock.

The question is whether the party goes for a three or a four-runner strategy. In 2014, they ran four with the then sitting councillors, John Egan and Mike Houlihan, narrowly losing out. However, Fine Gael was getting battered nationally at the time over water charges.

Fianna Fail has already declared a four-candidate strategy.