The Longford-Westmeath by-election following the recent death of the Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden may take place the same day as next month’s local and European elections.
The late Ms McFadden’s sister Gabrielle, current Athlone Town Mayor and County Councillor , confirmed her intention to seek the Fine Gael nomination for the contest over the weekend. This may pave the way for a plan to hold the by-election on May 23.
All eyes turn to Fianna Fail now with the local wing of the eager to run a candidate. There has been speculation that Edgeworthstown’s Pat O’Rourke may seek the nomination for FF while businessman Philip Reynolds , son of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, has also been mooted as a potential candidate.