The 2014 Local Elections may be twelve months away but the first salvos of the campaign were fired this week with the announcement that well known Charleville businessman, Ian Doyle is to seek the Fianna Fail nomination to contest the newly constituted Fermoy Electoral Area.

The new Electoral Area is a six seater and includes Fermoy and Mitchelstown as well as local areas such as Charleville, Ballyhea and Newtownshandrum.

Ian has been contacted by many, many people in Charleville and its hinterland encouraging him to allow his name to go forward for selection “I’ve been greatly heartened by the people who have contacted me asking me to contest this over the past few days. I have sat down with my family and friends and having thought long and hard, I have decided to contest this. I seek this with the best interests of Charleville and its hinterland in mind. I have worked with a lot of community groups and charities in Charleville over the years and I am willing to give 100%. I feel it a great honour to be asked in the first instance and I am looking forward to the huge challenge that lies ahead,” Mr. Doyle told the Vale Star this week.

Ian Doyle has a lifelong interest in local politics and the needs and development of the area and its people. He is vice chairperson of Charleville Agricultural Show, chairman of the Com-munity Forum and a long time member of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.

A native of Charleville, Ian is married to Angie and they have three children ranging in age from 19 to 23.