Just got confirmation that FF Councillor Mary Linehan Foley is running as an Independent in cork east. She was beaten at the convention but has been encouraged to run as an independent by FF TD Ned O'Keeffe, if only to see his rival Michael Ahern taken out. Everyone knows there is no love lost between O'Keeffe and Ahern ans as O'Keeffe will never be appointed a Minister again, he has nothing to gain by bringing Ahern in with his surplus.
While Linehan Foley won't be elected, she along with SF's Sandra Mc Lellan (9% in recent poll) could do enough damage to oust Ahern. While Ahern has a strong base in Carrigtowhil, he is not very popular in Youghal or Midleton of late. My prediction is that O'Keeffe, Bradford & Stanton for FG and Sean Sherlock for LB will now take the seats.