The race for this monthâ€™s Longford-Westmeath by-election could see two Longford-based candidates enter the running.
Chartered accountant and businessman James Morgan last night (Tuesday) confirmed his intention to stand as an Independent candidate after he was approached by a number of people over the weekend.
Longford Town Mayor Cllr Paul Connell was considering his options after being approached by a group of businessmen last week with a view to running in the by-election.
But it is the addition of first-time candidate and father of four, Mr Morgan which is likely to generate much interest locally before nominations close this Saturday.
Mr Morgan, who has played a key role in the development of Longford townâ€™s Axis Centre, said the reason for his decision was due to fears Longford could be left out of the by-election race altogether.
â€œA lot of people have approached me because they feel Longford is being ignored,â€ he said.