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23/07/2021

Speculation turns to who will take Joe Flaherty's seat on Longford County Council

Uruemu Adejinmi interested in the vacant seat

Speculations turn to who will take Joe Flaherty's seat on Longford County Council

Joe Flaherty celebrates his election on Monday night. He is pictured with family and supporters, including Uruemu Adejinmi

With Joe Flaherty now elected to Dáil Éireann, thoughts turn to who will take his seat in Longford County Council.

There are speculations that the seat will go to 2019 local election candidate Uruemu Adejinmi who ran as one of four Fianna Fáil candidates but missed out on a seat.

"I was the last (Fianna Fáil) candidate that didn't get a seat at the local elections do I have an interest, but there will be a meeting and if it goes to convention, we'll see what way it goes. But protocol will be followed," Ms Adejinmi told the Longford Leader.

Joe Flaherty was co-opted onto Longford County Council after the resignation of Cllr Pádraig Loughrey in October 2017 and was then re-elected in last year's local elections. He will no longer be a councillor since he was elected to the Dáil on Monday night.

"We have a very democratic party," Longford's new TD told the Leader this morning when approached on the possibility of Ms Adejinmi taking his seat.

"We have a very strong membership and we've already had a number of people express an interest but it will go to a convention and the members of Longford LEA will have a vote. But I look forward to working with whoever is co-opted to the council. It will be hugely challenging but it will be a good opportunity to work hard for Longford."

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