In a shock result, sitting Fianna Fail councillor for the south of the county, Cora Long failed in her bid to get a nomination for next year’s local elections. Four men were selected ahead of her at the selection convention at the Rising Sun, Mullinavat on Friday night. They are sitting councillor, Eamon Aylward; Brendan Fennelly, Ger Frisby and former councillor, Pat Walsh.
Cllr Long would be considered a certainty to win a seat, living as she does in the Mooncoin area. It remains to be seen if she will be added to the ticket by HQ. There are only three female candidates confirmed for the 24 seat council elections in 2014, Cllrs Mary Hilda Kavanagh, Kathleen Funchion and Fidelis Doherty. For more see opinion piece on Page 33.