Six local politicians and party members have entered the race to try and “reclaim” the Longford seat Fine Gael lost at the last general election.
The party has announced plans to host a so-called 'Declaration Convention' in Longford later this month. Any Fine Gael member interested in seeking election for the party will have to put their case before party members at this November meeting. They will also sign a 'memorandum of understanding'.
It's at that point declared candidates will be given a list of 'tasks' to do by party headquarters ahead of a selection convention proper by April 2017.
The Leader understands that five locally elected representatives and one former elected member have declared their interest in standing.
They are Councillors Micheal Carrigy, Colm Murray, Paul Ross, Gerald Farrell, Peggy Nolan and former County Councillor Frank Kilbride.
A seventh possible entrant is sitting Co Cllr John Browne who remains undecided about whether to enter what is fast becoming an increasingly congested field.