Local figures secure Seanad nominations

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Local figures secure Seanad nominations

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.