No Fianna Fail local elections ticket for Queenan?

Councillor proposes to run as Independent.

Sligo News File

It is believed that Fianna Fail has refused to add Sligo councillor Joe Queenan to its party ticket to contest the 2019 local elections.

Enniscrone-based Queenan, a long-time member of the party, and a former chairman of Sligo County Council featured with two other councillors in the RTÉ Investigates Standards in Public Office programme in December 2015 following which he was called before the Standards in Public Office Commission public hearings earlier this year. He resigned from Fianna Fail.

The outcome of the SIPOC enquiries is not yet known. One of the three councillors has reportedly taken a High Court action against RTE.

Queenan was this year elected chairman of the Ballymote-Tobercurry Municipal District.

He is said to have indicated that pending the conclusion of the SIPOC process he intends to run as an Independent local elections candidate.