Race heats up for Seanad hopefuls

FINE Gael in Laois/Offaly has given failed General Election candidate John Moran its nomination to run for the Seanad. At the convention last Thursday night in Tullamore candidates Neil Feighery, Paddy Buggy and Rosemary Whelan lost out to Councillor Moran.

FINE Gael in Laois/Offaly has given failed General Election candidate John Moran its nomination to run for the Seanad. At the convention last Thursday night in Tullamore candidates Neil Feighery, Paddy Buggy and Rosemary Whelan lost out to Councillor Moran.

Also in Laois, Councillor Marty Phelan will run on the Agricultural Panel, after being nominated by the Irish Grain and Feed Association.

In Offaly, General Election candidate Liam Quinn has received the nomination of Young Fine Gael and at the time of going to print was awaiting confirmation of his nomination from HQ and which panel he would be running on. Meanwhile Cllr Molly Buckley will make her second Seanad bid having been nominated by DeafHear.ie. She will run on the Administrative Panel.

In Edenderry Cllr Nichola Hogan has secured the nomination of The Council of the Bar of Ireland under the Cultural and Educational Panel, while in Birr Percy Clendennen’s son John has received the nomination of the Restaurant Association of Ireland under the Industrial and Commercial Panel.

Ballycumber man Seamus Boland has been nominated by the Disability Federation or Ireland on the Administrative Panel. Labour General Election candidate John Whelan has secured the party nomination. Last week at a joint meeting of the Labour Parliamentary Party and Central Council over 100 delegates voted to select the official Labour Party candidates for the Senate contest and John Whelan was one of 7 candidates put forward from 39 in total who had sought the nominations.

Senator Pay Moylan said he will not make future plans known at present. As Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Senator Moylan said he “is in situ for a fixed period” and said he is in “an independent situation.” He said his position would be made know “over the next week.”

Meanwhile Fianna Fail are to hold their selection convention this Friday, March 18 to select their candidate. Cllr Barry Cowen told the Offaly Express that the name of his successor on Offaly County Council would not be made public in advance of that meeting.

Ballot Papers for the Senate Elections will be issued to all councillors on Thursday, April 7. The poll will close on Tuesday, April 26.