FIANNA Fáil councillor Kenneth O’Flynn intends to run in Cork City North-East in the local elections this May after his current ward was abolished due to boundary changes.
The former deputy Lord Mayor had been expected to move to the Cork City North-West ward but said that he will instead contest the North-East Fianna Fáil convention, which is set to take place before the end of the month.
The old Cork City-North Central ward, which had previously been represented by Mr O’Flynn’s father and former TD Noel O’Flynn, has been abolished with its areas merged into the surrounding wards.
Fianna Fáil has two councillors in the area, Mr O’Flynn and John Sheehan.
If Mr O’Flynn is selected, he will likely be on a ticket with long-time councillor Tim Brosnan, in a ward that stretches from the eastern side of Blackpool out to Glanmire.
The party is actively seeking a candidate from the Glanmire area to balance the ticket.
The party’s North-West ticket is likely to be councillors Tony Fitzgerald and Mr Sheehan, with another candidate from the Blarney area, potentially county councillor Bob Ryan.
Mr O’Flynn said that he made the decision after discussing it with party leader Micheál Martin and general secretary Seán Dorgan.
He said that his priority is defending Fianna Fáil’s four seats on the northside through the challenges of the boundary changes.
“We’re doing everything we can to retain them, and this move is part of that,” he said.
He said that he is looking forward to canvassing in the new ward, and continuing to work with people in the areas of the ward that he already represents.
“I’ve never been afraid of an election yet,” he said.
Mr O’Flynn was co-opted onto the City Council in 2008, and defended the seat in 2009 and 2014, before serving a term as deputy Lord Mayor to Mary Shields in 2014/15.