Over the you John: Independent Alliance names their man

Councillor-elect John O’Donoghue with long-serving councillor Michael Gleeson

THE Kerry Independent Alliance has selected primary school teacher, John O’Donoghue, for co-option to Kerry County Council to succeed his uncle, veteran councillor Michael Gleeson, who recently retired from active politics after many years of service.

John, from Gortdromakerrie in Muckross, is a teacher at Loughquittane National School, where he was also a pupil and his where his mother, Margaret, taught until her retirement as principal in 2013.

He has one sister and two brothers and he is a member of Spa GAA Club and a delegate to the County Board. John has trained teams from the club to success and is active in many other aspects of Spa GAA.

Kerry Independent Alliance campaigners John O’Donoghue (left) with Mary Lehane, Don O’Donoghue and Seán Kavanagh at the counting of votes in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre following another local election campaign.
Picture: John Reidy

He has been an active member of Kerry Independent Alliance and has canvassed widely for Michael Gleeson at a number of elections.

In a statement issued to KillarneyToday.com, the Kerry independent Alliance said: “The party wishes John well at this time of great challenge for the country, the county and for the environment.”

Michael Gleeson was most of the most influential public representatives in Kerry politics since he was first co-opted to Kerry County Council in 1983.

He was a consistent vote winner for close on 40 years and he was one of the most vocal campaigners on issues such as the environment, the need to retain town councils and educational community welfare issues.