ANOTHER McGUINNESS FOR KILKENNY! Yet another member of the renowned McGuinness Kilkenny political family will be elected next May 26th to City Hall. That’s our confident forecast. Eugene McGuinness , the leader of the opposition to the mosque proposed for his area of the medieval city, is a virtual certainty to be elected the way that the figures fall down. There will be seven seats in the new municipality as six councillors transfer out of the city to a new mid-county area. Six of the present sitting councillors will contest those seven city seats – with McGuinness the only well-known newcomer to the election race so far. He represents a really attractive bet in the bookies to be elected. And with his family history of his Dad elected seven times as mayor of Kilkenny, Eugene McGuinness simply has to be elected this time round. True he was short of a thousand votes on his first time out back in 2009 but he was opposed by his brother, Dail deputy John McGuinness, in favour of Cllr. Andrew mcGuinness, John’s son, on that occasion. In fact John spoke against Eugene in virtually every house in Kilkenny on the canvass trail. Eugene says he was caught unexpected by that – but that won’t happen again this time round as he is well aware now and forewarned of his brother John’s total opposition and has taken measures to handle this. As well as this Deputy John and his son Cllr. Andrew have not taken a clear anti position on the mosque, whereas Eugene is the leader in all of Kilkenny against the building of the controversial mosque to overshadow the city’s largest Catholic burial ground, to cause traffic chaos at the same time. Eugene has gained a massive following amongst all his local residents who have formed themselves into a de facto action group called “The Kilkenny Community Project”. He has a solid committee there of some very talented local activists, including business people, supporting him. he has a solid core now built up in his area, he’s the neighbourhood leader, he received over a thousand signed petitions from his neighbours on their doorsteps – they even paid twenty quid each to lodge 40 objections against the mosque with Kilkenny Council. He has featured on national and local media, radio and newspapers, he has really turned his own election campaign on more than even the established candidates. But according to his brother, Deputy John McGuinness, Eugene is “the cuckoo in the nest” pilfering his son’s votes! Thus a bitter internecine family war looms large in Kilkenny politics. Indeed Deputy John has lambasted his brother Eugene to the Kilkenny Journal with massive accusations that his brother Eugene is an undesirable person, though Eugene has never been in trouble with the Law and is in fact a completely honourable, honest and law-abiding citizen. Still the propaganda flies. Eugene has his sister Caroline behind him, stating that their father, the legendary Mick McGuinness, seven times Mayor of Kilkenny, wanted Eugene and not Andrew to succeed to his seat on the Council, while Deputy John told us that “our father will turn in his grave over all this trouble that Eugene is bringing to our family!” Eugene feels, however, that with only six councillors to contest seven seats that he is entitled to go for the seventh seat and that Andrew could be re-elected alongside of him, especially if the famous family vote was managed to its optimum effect. he says that this is what his father Mick would do and that therefore his brother John is acting unfairly against him . But John replies the opposite, that Eugene is endangering Andrew’s seat on the Council and so it goes in the most bitter family feud to ever have arisen in the history of Kilkenny politics.