KENMARE Fianna Fail Sen. Mark Daly says he will seek his party’s nomination for a seat in the Dail Éireann in the next general election.
Daly’s announcement comes ahead of next month’s party in convention in Killarney, which is expected to attract some 1,900 delegates.
Daly told the West Cork Times that if nominated he will focus on issues of importance to Kerry residents like the crisis in ambulance service, the need for more jobs in the country, the challenges facing home-buyers and the threats to small communities and rural areas in the wake of government budget cutbacks.
Daly was elected as one of the youngest members of the 23rd Irish Senate in the 2007 election, beating three incumbent party senators on the first count.
Before being elected a senator, Daly worked on election campaigns to the European Parliament for Brian Crowley MEP in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 as a member of Crowley’s strategy committee.
At the age of 26, Daly became the chairman of his local GAA club, the Kenmare Shamrock Hurling and Gaelic Football Club. On being made chairman, Daly led a redevelopment programme which transformed the club’s facilities to include a 32,000 square-foot flood-lit grass pitch with a sports complex, a basketball court, gym and dressing rooms.
Daly is facing a hard fight to secure support among the party’s members as Kerry enters a new period as a single Dail constituency.
Daly is expected to face competition for the seat from John Brassil, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, as well as county councillors Norma Foley, Thomas McEllistrim and Michael O’Shea.
Only one candidate for the election will be selected at the convention.