No Longford candidate has emerged as yet in the upcoming Seanad Eireann elections and with Fianna Fail likely to concentrate elsewhere and Fine Gael opting for a Westmeath candidate, it looks less likely that there will be one.
Labour, who might have put forward Cllr Mae Sexton, opted instead to put another defeated election candidate, John Kelly, who lost out in Roscommon-South Leitrim.
The Fine Gael party in Longford-Westmeath held a constituency meeting recently – attended by Longford councillors – and they nominated Cllr Peter Burke to go forward for the election.
Across the country, there were 60-odd put forward by party members, and given his strong showing in the recent election, Burke was selected as one of 19 candidates put forward by the party.
Fianna Fail have not as yet unveiled who they will put forward, but the likely indications are that they will concentrate on constituencies where they have no Oireachtas member at all, particularly in Dublin.
The party may have a constituency representative in the Seanad, however, should Donie Cassidy be successful in his re-election bid. Defying party leader Michael Martin’s wishes to have younger candidates go forward for election, Senator Cassidy will see a seat on the Labour Panel after being nominated by the Irish Conference of Professional and Service Associations.
While Longford look like having no representative in Seanad Eireann, Leitrim will seek three seats. Outgoing Senator Paschal Mooney will seek re-election to the Seand following his nomination for the Agricultural Panel by the National Association of Regional Game Councils.
Another Drumshanbo-based politician, Cllr Enda McGloin has been nominated to run in the Administrative Panel by the Central Remedial Clinic, while Newtowngore’s Cllr John McCartin has nominated to run in the Cultural and Educational Panel by the Drama League of Ireland and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
Roscommon-based Senator Terry Leyden, a former TD, is another who defies the party leader by seeking re-election, having been nominated for the Labour Panel by the Irish Conference of Professional and Service Associations.
In Cavan, Cllr Peter McVitty will seek election to the Industrial and Commercial Panel, having been nominated by the Irish Road Haulage Association.