O'Donoghue to stand for re-election

 

Departing Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue will stand for re-election, the former South Kerry Fianna Fáil TD John O’Leary has said.

Speaking on Radio Kerry this morning, Mr O’Leary said Mr O’Donoghue had told him in a telephone conversation that he would be “standing for re-election in South Kerry, definitely”.

He is going to let the people of South Kerry decide whether it is right for him to leave office without a hearing, Mr O’Leary said.

On Tuesday night, Mr O’Donoghue (53) announced he would resign his position as Ceann Comhairle. Mr O'Donoghue was first elected to the Dáil in 1987 and was a cabinet Minister from 1997 until 2007, when he was appointed to the office of Ceann Comhairle.