There will be local interest in the forthcoming Seanad Éireann elections as two Co Longford figures have been named among the nominees.
Former Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath James Bannon has received a party nomination for the Industrial & Commercial Panel.
The Legan native failed to be re-elected to the 32nd Dáil following a marathon General Election count in Kenagh earlier this month, which saw him fall short by six votes in a battle with Labour's Willie Penrose.
Mr Bannon previously served in the upper house from 2002 until 2007, when he was first elected as a TD.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil have put forward Connie Gerety-Quinn after she lost out in her bid for a Dáil seat. The Moydow resident put in a strong performance as a first-time candidate - securing 3,944 first preference votes - and many will view her nomination for the Seanad's Agricultural Panel as a potential springboard for another attempt to run for the Dáil.
However, when contacted by the Longford Leader this week, Ms Gerety-Quinn said she has yet to decided whether or not she will accept the nomination.
“I have made no decision; I will explore my options,” she stated.
Former Fine Gael TD Gabrielle McFadden has received a party nominaiton for the Cultural & Educational Panel, while Fianna Fáil Cllr Paul Daly has been nominated for the Agricultural Panel. Cllr Aengus O'Rourke is also running.