After months of speculation county councillor Pat McKee, has confirmed that he is to seek the Fianna Fail nomination for the upcoming by-election created by the resignation of Phil Hogan to become Ireland’s EU commissioner.
The 26-year-old, currently Leas-Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council and Chairman of the Kilkenny City and County Joint Policing Committee will be the youngest candidate in the race, if selected by party delegates at the forthcoming selection convention.
Cllr McKee came to the decision following discussions with his family, supporters and party members from across Kilkenny and Carlow.
It is believed that he has been travelling the constituency speaking with party delegates during the last few weeks. Before he was elected to Kilkenny County Council last May, Cllr McKee was an ordinary, paid up member of the party for over 10 years and held various positions within the organisation both locally and nationally.
“I believe the time is right to offer the membership my name. I believe that this election gives us a chance to provide hope and optimism to those people of Carlow-Kilkenny who are disappointed and dissatisfied with broken promises,” Cllr McKee said.
“Ultimately the decision on who will represent Fianna Fail in this by-election will rest with the members of Fianna Fail, they are the core of the organisation and only they have the power to decide,” he added.
Cllr McKee surprised many by winning a seat in the local elections last May in the hotly contested electoral area of Kilkenny-West which saw a number of political heavyweights lose out.