Oakpark Woman Added To Fine Gael Ticket To Contest General Election

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Grace O'Donnell.

Grace O’Donnell.

AN Oakpark woman and former Tralee Town Councillor has been added to the Fine Gael ticket for the next general election.

Grace O’Donnell from Oakview, will be the third Fine Gael candidate in Kerry alongside, Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Deputy Brendan Griffin.

Her nomination was approved this week after her name was put before the Fine Gael national executive. All political parties have to meet a gender quota whereby 30% of candidates put forward by each party must be female or they will face financial penalties.

She was a member of the Tralee Town Council from 2009 to 2014 before it was abolished, serving as Mayor in 2011. Ms O’Donnell failed to win a Kerry County Council seat last year.

The date for general election has yet to be decided, but it is expected to be in early Spring.

There will be five seats up for grabs in the new Kerry constituency.

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