Fine Gael complete their general election line-up for Longford/Westmeath

Ballinalee's Cllr Micheál Carrigy will be joined on FG ticket by Deputy Peter Burke and Senator Gabrielle McFadden

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Fine Gael complete their general election line-up for Longford/Westmeath

Ballinalee's Cllr Micheál Carrigy will be joined on FG ticket by Deputy Peter Burke and Senator Gabrielle McFadden

Ballinalee's Cllr Micheál Carrigy will be joined on the Fine Gael general election ticket in Longford/Westmeath by Deputy Peter Burke and Senator Gabrielle McFadden.

Just hours after the dust was settling on Frances Fitzgerald's resignation as Tánaiste, thereby averting a snap Christmas general election, FG members gathered in the Mullingar Park Hotel last night to finalise their Longford/Westmeath election team.

A gender directive was issued meaning that one of the three candidates to be selected had to be female.

Four names were initially expected to go before convention - Cllr Carrigy, Deputy Burke, Senator McFadden and Cllr Tom Farrell. 

However, in the interests of unity, Cllr Farrell withdrew from the race and delegates were spared a vote on the night.