There is no question about it, if the city was one electoral area and not cut in two a Polish candidate would be elected, As it is they are poles apart, Remi Sikora and Adam Zagorski in the east and Wladek Hanzcak in the west are good candidates but there is hardly a quota there to get one of them across the line.
Of the three, Wladek Hanczar is the most popular and his election brochure is excellent with plans for a Celtic garden and the fact tat he broke his back in an accident at the Galmoy mine and recovered from it really has hit home with people as well as his union links with Solidarity and with SIPTU of which he is a member.
The Kilkenny City West is the electoral area of death. There are nine sitting councillors going between the Borough and County Council.
The big question in the west is this? Will Callan hopeful, Paul Croke get the support of those who elected outgoing FG councillor, Tom Maher for a long number of years. Paul has good credentials through his involvement in farm organisations and the farm relief service.
Paying tribute to Cllr Maher, Mr Croke said: “Over the last number of years Tom has played a key role in securing considerable investment works in Callan including €340,000 for the renewal of Green Street and West Street.
“While there has also been considerable progress on the new primary school as well the extension to St Brigid’s College and the construction of the new health centre. While over 20 jobs have been created at the former SFL engineering premises at Skeough. It is essential that the Callan area has a strong local representative in the council and if elected I will continue the good work under taken by Cllr Maher,” Mr Croke said.
And perennial vote getter, Cllr Billy Ireland will have been buoyed by the decision of John Bryan, former president of the IFA, to canvass with him. And the same must be said of Pat Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fail in the northern electoral area where John McGuinness TD canvassed with him last Friday.