South Roscommon Fianna Fáil Councillor John Keogh has declared his intention to stand in the next general election. It is thought that the recent changes to the Roscommon Galway constituency, which has now expanded into more of East Galway, could suit the Athlone-based solicitor geographically.
Speaking to the Roscommon Herald the Taughmaconnell native said he believed a two-candidate strategy made sense for the constituency and that a one-candidate strategy was unlikely. “There has to be a strategy for every election. On the last occasion Fianna Fáil took a seat without reaching the quota, we have to be able to build on that to make sure that going into the next general election that the party achieves over a quota,” he said.
Meanwhile sitting Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said he was aware of Cllr Keogh’s ambition to stand for Fianna Fáil. “That’s democracy at work, anyone is entitled to put their name forward and that is the democratic process at work.” However, he added it was his understanding that no decision had yet been made in relation to adopting a two-candidate strategy