‘It saddens me that the Labour movement stands silent in Kerry’

Seán Counihan: Saddened

THE inability, to date, of the Labour Party to find a candidate to contest the general election in Kerry has been described as shameful by a former Labour councillor in the county.

Seán Counihan said it will be sad to see no Labour name on the ballot paper given the party’s proud tradition working with people through trade unions.


“It’s a shameful situation to have arisen when one considers the party’s TDs and councillors who served the people with enthusiasm and a positive attitude to build a better future for people in health, education, employment and housing,” the former Killarney Town Council and Kerry County Council member told

Party leader Brendan Howlin had asked Tralee councillor Terry O’Brien to run on this occasion but he has opted not to do so, insisting that he would prefer to continue working at a local level for the people of Kerry.

Mr Counihan, from Killarney, said Labour is now paying a heavy price for entering into a previous coalition with Fine Gael and for allowing the abolition of town councils.

“It saddens me that the Labour movement stands silent in Kerry,” he said.

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