Former Fianna Fail TD, Bobby Aylward is to contest the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election caused by the resignation of Phil Hogan to become Ireland’s EU Commissioner for Agriculture.
Around 100 people were present in the Rising Sun, Mullinavat when he made the announcement at the local Fianna Fail cumann meeting on Wednesday night.
“The south will be out in force for Bobby,” one person on the way into the hall at the rear of the premises said.
The Mullinavat farmer was persuaded into going by a number of different groups who have pledged support to him. Referring to the loss of his Dail seat at the last general election, he said that it hurt and that he felt that he had still a lot to give and that he had 20 years experience as a politician and wanted to help the people of kilkenny to ensure that the city and county did not lose out in any national recovery.
“I have unfinished business and people know I am straight talking and honest and I will bring that to the Dail,” he said.
The Fianna Fail selection convention will be held in the next few weeks and the candidate or candidates will be in place before party leader, Michael Martin visits the city on February 21 for an official party function.