Sinn Fein’s Melissa O’Neill will create history tonight when she becomes’s the first candidate from her party to be elected to Kilkenny Council in modern times. And it could come at the expense of Fianna Fail. who are only assured of one seat after the final tally for the Southern area.
Ms O’Neill’s stunning performance lies in the fact that the Ferrybank area, directly across from Waterford city came out and supported her. Originally from Bruff, Co limerick she workd with the disabled and is a champion of lone parents.
Fine Gael will comfortably hold their two seats through pat Dunphy, Carriggeen and Fidelis Doherty, Glenmore.
Eamon Aylward of Fianna Fail will retain his seat and it will be a fight for the last through former Piltown GAA club chairman, Johnny Maher.
He has a fight on his hands because there are three FF candidates below him and their transfers will be crucial none more so than those of outgoing FF councillor Cora Long.
Going against the national tide is Cllr Tomas Breathnach of Labour who will hold his seat.
Prediction: 1SF; 2FG; 1 Lab: 2FF