Five strong Fine Gael candidates selected across two districts in Kilkenny – Minister Phelan

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


Mary Hilda and John Brennan going  forward

Minister Andrew Doyle with Fine Gael candidates for the Castlecomer area in the local elections, Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh and Cllr John Brennan after the selection convention

Provencommunity leaders and some new candidates have been selected by Fine Gael to run in the upcoming local elections in Kilkenny, Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan, has confirmed.

In the Piltown district, Minister of State, Michael Darcy, chaired a selection convention which saw outgoing councillors, Pat Dunphy from Mooncoin and Fidelis Doherty from Glenmore, chosen for the Fine Gael ticket in the region along with community activist in Ferrybank, John Hayes, who was successfully added to the ticket. Mr Hayes runs for the first time but is no stranger in the Ferrybank community. He is an active member of the Joint Policing Committee in the area, a founder of the Combined Residents Association in Ferrybank and much more.

In the Castlecomer district, experienced and dedicated councillors, Mary Hilda Cavanagh from Galmoy and John Brennan from Clogh were selected to run.

Commenting on the selection conventions, Minister Phelan said: “We’re delighted to have such a strong Fine Gael team together for the imminent local elections. Four of the five candidates selected have served their communities for decades. They have worked tirelessly for their respective communities and have the skills, the knowledge, the passion, energy and the drive to best represent their local constituents.

“We’re also delighted to have John Hayes on the Fine Gael ticket. While it’s his first time to put his name on a ballot paper, he is very well-known in Ferrybank and the wider south Kilkenny community as a tireless worker in the community. I wish him and all the other candidates the very best,” Minister Phelan said.