17 January 2016
By Elaine Murphy
Director of Elections Billy Kelleher declares Cork South-West constituency as “key battleground”
The Fianna Fáil National Director of Elections Billy Kelleher has declared the Cork South-West constituency as a “key battleground for the party.”
He was speaking after Dáil candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony spoke at the party conference and pressed the case for urgent flood relief and prevention investment.
Margaret told delegates: “Bandon has suffered at the hands of devastating weather. In previous years Fine Gael Ministers came down in their wellies to express sympathy and promise funds for flood defences. They promised that the flood relief scheme for Bandon would be complete in 2013. Three years on with people’s life work washed away in the front of their eyes the town remains defenceless. All the while €34m was unspent in the government’s coffers despite being earmarked for flood defences.
“This government continues to ignore problems until they become a crisis. I am telling them now, the crisis in Bandon is too big to ignore.”
Fianna Fáil’s National Director of Election Billy Kelleher said: “There are clear choices facing voters in the forthcoming election. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is an extremely strong candidate in Cork South West. She is committed to building up our public services in communities across west Cork. I am confident with a lot of hard work over the next six weeks Margaret and the team on the ground in west Cork can deliver this important seat for the party in what is a real battleground constituency in this election.”