Election focus – Sligo Drumcliffe

The Sligo/Drumcliffe electora area takes in an area stretching from Ballisodare, Collooney, Ballintogher and winding back into Calry, Hazelwood, and all of north Sligo, stretching to the county boundary at Bunduff Bridge.

For many, including election candidates themselves, the electoral area’s boundary has proved confusing, with, for example, part of Kevinsfort Heath, west of Sligo town, included.

Of the eleven candidates in the Sligo/Drumcliffe area, only three are outgoing councillors.

They are Independent Marie Casserly, Sinn Fein’s Thomas Healy and Fianna Fail’s Seamus Kilgannon.

First time candidates include three Fine Gael hopefuls; Thomas Fox, whose mother Ita and late father Tom were both councillors; Ciara McLoughlin, daughter-in-law of Sligo/Leitrim TD Tony McLoughlin; and community activist Thomas Walsh, from Ballygawley.

First time candidates for Fianna Fail include Colm McGurran, from Ballisodare, and Donal Gilroy from Grange, who narrowly lost out at the last election.

Also seeking seats are Independent Amanda Gallagher, Ballisodare; Solidarity People Before Profit’s Nigel Gallagher, from Sligo, and Independent for Change Corey Whyte, Sligo.

Sligo/Drumcliffe is an electoral area where both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are making a big effort to increase their representation, with each party running three candidates.