Fianna Fail are set to make a stunning electoral comeback in Kilkenny and Carlow. A secret opinion poll, carried out over recent weeks, shows the party taking two of the five seats. It’s good news for sitting MEP, Liam Aylward who would win a seat, if the election was called tomorrow
Sitting TD and chairman of the Dail’s Public Accounts committee, John McGuinness would also hold his seat comfortably in the voting sample carried out in both counties by the party.
Liam Aylward has never lost an election since he entered national politics in 1977 and political sources say he might possibly be interested in winning back the seat lost in the last elect in when his brother Bobby stood and suffered following the banking crisis debacle..
Fine Gael, would according to numbers, win two seats after winning three of the five in the 2011 election. That means that either Environment minister, Phil hogan or deputies John Paul Phelan or Pat Deering (Carlow) would lose out.
Labour will not according to the poll, retain the seat currently held by Deputy Ann Phelan.
Mr Liam Aylward is in Brussels and was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile Minister Hogan declined to comment on the findings. However he said he had been meeting with a number of Irish and international business people on inward investment opportunities.. They are interested in setting up in Kilkenny and the Minister said that he was hopeful that jobs would be created as a result of the contact. “We have met with several groups recently and I would be hopeful of a positive outcome and I know they are looking at several sites in the city and county.