The date has still not been set for the local bye-election, but things are hotting up with Independent Cllr Des Guckian adding his name to the contest.
Cllr Guckian says he will bear the cost of an indpendent campaign. He joins Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny on the Leitrim side, with at least eight Roscommon candidates now announced.
Also this week Gerry O’Boyle from Land League West (Ind) announced his hope to make waves in next month’s expected bye-election. O’Boyle is a publican and lives in Castlerea, he is originally from Co Mayo and was formerly an auctioneer.
The ten candidates announced are Ivan Connaughton (FF), Emmet Corcoran (Ind), Tom Crosby (Ind), Michael Fitzmaurice (Ind), Des Guckian (Ind), Maura Hopkins (FG), John Kelly (Lab), Martin Kenny (SF), John McDermott (Ind) and Gerry O’Boyle (Ind).
Cllr Guckian stated, “My record in refusing to join in with the FF/FG coalition group on Leitrim County Council identifies me as a true Independent who will not sell out on those who elected me.
“Luke Flanagan MEP has shown that true Independent TDs can influence national policy. I’m completely fed up with the political parties. We cannot depend upon them.
“All that concerns them, at council and at national level, is grabbing power and privilege for themselves and their parties. They want to form a new coalition government when the present dictatorship falls. Meanwhile, peoples’ rights are being eroded by the bullies, while the country is going to the dogs. We must defend our rights to continue to cut turf on our own bogs.
“I’m very much influenced by the need to keep up a strong fight against the horrors of fracking. You’d think that any normal person who has studied anything about fracking would be 100% against it.
“In recent weeks I saw the party people wavering. Only the strong campaign, waged by 200 caring anti-frackers, kept them in line for the present and, together, we placed a ban on fracking in the new County Development Plan.... It is my conviction that I must now bring this campaign on to the floor of Dáil Éireann,” he said.