FIANNA Fáil city councillor Ken O’Flynn has confirmed his intention to seek the party’s nomination to run for the Dáil.
Mr O’Flynn is seeking the nomination to run in Cork North Central but is expected to face stiff competition from fellow city councillor John Sheehan and Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald, who has yet to confirm his intention to run.
However, all three are expected to battle it out for a single spot on the ticket alongside sitting TD Billy Kelleher.
“Having consulted widely with the party membership and the people of Cork North Central over the past months, I have decided to seek the Fianna Fail Party nomination as a candidate, to contest the next General Election,” said Mr O’Flynn, the son for former TD Noel O’Flynn.
Mr O’Flynn has served on Cork City Council since 2008 and was elected in 2009 and topped the poll for Fianna Fáil in the ward when re-elected in 2014.
The O'Flynn family are understood to have a frosty relationship with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin after Mr Martin and the party decided to adopt a single-candidate strategy for Cork North Central in recent elections.
The strategy effectively ended the chances of O'Flynns regaining a seat in the Dáil.
However, Mr Kelleher's strong showing at the last general election, when he easily topped the poll, has forced the party to adopt a two-candidate approach, with a realistic chance of gaining two seats.
Setting out his credentials, Mr O'Flynn said:
"I have gained much experience on the council as the Deputy Lord Mayor and as Strategic Policy Committee Chairman of Housing 2013 -2015 and now as the current Chairman of the Environment Strategic Policy Committee/ I have built up a proven track record working on behalf of the people of Cork, as a full-time public representative.”
"I operate a full-time constituency office on the Mallow Road since 2008. I am well aware of the issues affecting the people of Cork.
"I discuss these issues every day in my clinic and on the doorsteps. I hold clinics, go door to door. A am a proactive and no-nonsense politician who asks the tough questions on behalf of the people of Cork and Fianna Fáil."
"Mr father Noel O’Flynn served as a public representative for 20 years. He retired from politics in 2011 when the party was at its lowest. By doing so, ensured one seat was secured in the constituency at a most difficult time.
His reputation for hard work on behalf of the people of Cork is well remembered. I know this goodwill still exists to this day and it will transfer to me as a candidate for Fianna Fail."