Two cousins from Rathgormack will do battle in the local elections in June for a council seat in Waterford Co. Council’s Comeragh Electoral Area that borders Carrick-on-Suir.
Dairy farmer Seanie Power was selected to run for Fine Gael at the party’s candidates selection convention before Christmas and replaces outgoing Rathgormack Cllr Mary Greene on the Fine Gael party ticket.
Now his cousin Michael Flynn, also a dairy farmer, has announced he will run as an independent candidate in the election. Mr Flynn contested the 2009 local elections and says he was happy with his performance then and is positive about securing a seat this time.
He says he has been very active locally in opposing the Eirgrid Gridlink power line project and says people should vote for him to send a strong message to Government that they don’t want pylons in Co. Waterford.
He is a former chairman and secretary of Rathgormack IFA branch, former Juvenile Secretary of Rathgormack GAA Club and has also been actively involved with Macra Na Feirme, Clonea Power Hurling Club, Toastmasters, Foróige and Comeragh Rangers. He is currently involved with Rathgormack GAA Club Committee, IFAC, Glanbia Advisory Committee, Rathgormack/Clonea Playground Committee, Comeragh Rathgormack K9 Pylon Prevention Group and Rathgormack-Clonea Multi-Use Games Area Committee.
Mr Flynn says he won’t accept donations towards his campaign and will fund the campaign himself as it will enable him to represent voters without fear or favour.