Sinn Fein councillor quits Dublin seat…

LEADING Dublin Sinn Fein councillor Nicky Kehoe has quit his seat. The Evening Echo reports: “Nicky Kehoe, 51, narrowly missed taking a Dáil seat in the 2002 General Election before making way for Mary Lou McDonald, who was unsuccessful as a candidate in Dublin Central in last May’s contest. A spokeswoman for the party said he was the fifth Sinn Féin councillor to resign for personal reasons since 2004 and is the 16th member of the 52 person Dublin council to bow out… It comes just days after Cllr Felix Gallagher, another of the party’s high-profile councillors and a General Election candidate in West Dublin, resigned his Fingal County Council seat.” The report adds that both men are to remain in the party.