O’Leary resigns from government party

Councillor William O’Leary, who will run as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming elections.

Rathcormac-based councillor William O’Leary has announced his decision this week to leave the Fianna Fáil party and will instead, run in the next election as an independent candidate. Cllr O’Leary, who was elected as a local representative for the first time in 2019, announced his decision publicly on Monday morning.

Speaking with The Avondhu on Tuesday, Cllr O’Leary said the decision to leave had been on his mind for some time, borne from a sense of ‘going through the motions’ as a representative of a political party, rather than an Independent political candidate. 

Cllr O’Leary was elected back in 2019 on the first count of the local elections, with almost 15% of the vote. During the general election in 2020, Cllr O’Leary was vocal in his opposition to the formation of a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green Party coalition, something which he reiterated this week.

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