Kerry councillor opts not to run as he expects second election

Michael Gleeson of Kerry Independent Alliance believes another vote will be required

 Michael Gleeson of the Kerry Independent Alliance: says the party has a policy of not canvassing after dark. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

Michael Gleeson of the Kerry Independent Alliance: says the party has a policy of not canvassing after dark. Photograph: Sally MacMonagle

 

A Kerry councillor who was widely tipped to win a seat in the election has decided against running as he believes a second poll will be required to form a government.

Michael Gleeson of the Kerry Independent Alliance, a small party established in 1994 in a break-away from Labour in Killarney, polled 5,000 first preferences in the last general election.

He was widely expected to run and to win a seat but his party has decided to stay out of the election in the expectation that it will fail to produce a workable coalition, which would then trigger a second election.

In addition, Mr Gleeson said the party had a policy of not canvassing after dark, and most of its membership were working, which left only Saturdays for canvassing.

“We are still a party intent on contesting all elections, and we think it may prove difficult for a government to form and remain stable, in which case there will be another election in the summer or thereabouts,” he said.

Mr Gleeson, a former Kerry senior footballer and three- time All-Ireland medal holder, is based in Killarney and was a councillor first with Labour.