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Fianna Fail councillors lose party backing

Saturday, 18th January, 2014 3:46pm

Fianna Fail councillors lose party backing

Damien O'Reilly, Senator Thomas Byrne, Deirdre Smith and Brendan Smith TD at Thursday night's convention at Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

There has been a changing of the guard within Fianna Fail following last night's party selection convention in the Ratoath electoral area, which took place in Dunboyne Castle Hotel last Thursday evening.

Sitting Fianna Fail councillors in the area, Nick Killian and Noel Leonard, have been overlooked for selection by local Fianna Fail party members who have instead chosen newcomers Deirdre Smith and Damien O'Reilly to run.

Smith, an active member of the community in Ratoath, works in Leinster House for Fianna Fail. She plays camogie for Ratoath GAA and is committee member of the PULSE youth cafe.

Damien O'Reilly works in the financial sector and is well known from his involvement in Dunboyne GAA.

Six candidates ran for two places on the ticket, with PJ White and Fergus O'Riordan also losing out.

It is possible a third candidate may be added to the ticket by party headquarters, possibly to cover the Dunshaughlin end of the electoral area.

However, Ratoath councillor Nick Killian says he will be seeking nomination from party headquarters to run for Fianna Fail in the upcoming election.

He made this statement: "I am extremely disappointed at not making it through this convention, considering my long service to Fianna Fail. I will be seeking my addition to the ticket by the relevant body within the party, as I strongly believe that the ticket needs a balance of age and experience."

In a recent survey carried out by Fianna Fail on the current county councillors, Killian was ranked 8th of 221 councillors nationally as most likely to be reelected in 2014.

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