There was controversy at the Fianna Fail selection convention for Kilkenny East last night. Clara based candidate, Michael Meaney was told he could not put his name forward for selection because he had submitted the wrong papers too late.
He and members of his local cumann expressed anger and said it wasn’t democratic. They were supported by many of the delegates. However, Mr Meaney said he would support whoever was selected. There had been fears that Mr Meaney would split the vote and run as an Anti-Pylon candidate but this will not happen, he confirmed.
Another potential candidate, Michael Kirwan, Thomastown withdrew his name.
This left four candidates for four places: Cllr Andrew McGuinness, Kilkenny city; Cllr Joe Reidy, Kilkenny city; Cllr Sean Treacy, Thomastown and Peter “Chap” Cleere, Skeoughvosteen were selected without a vote.
Chairman of the meeting, Deputy Niall Collins from Limerick said he was sorry that Mr Meaney’s papers were not in order but said that the team in Kilkenny East which takes in Thomastown and Graignamanagh as well as the east of the city was a strong one and he wished all the candidates well. Deputy John McGuinness received a huge reception when he walked into the convention in the Newpark Hotel.