The forthcoming election to Seanad Éireann provides our party with an important opportunity to elect national legislators, committed to public service and to the renewal of national politics and the Fianna Fáil Party.
Since my election as Leader of Fianna Fáil I have been clear on the need for renewal within the party to ensure we can and will continue to make a positive contribution to Irish life in the future.
I have met with most of our Councillors, and discussed the forthcoming Seanad Election with them. I have made the case that the upcoming election is an important step in the renewal process.
Having consulted with our newly elected TDs and our National Executive, the following is the list of candidates that I am respectfully asking electors to give their highest vote to in the upcoming election:
Seán Connick Agricultural Panel
Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill Agricultural Panel
Senator James Carroll Agricultural Panel
Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick Administrative Panel
Thomas Byrne Cultural & Education Panel
Senator Darragh O’Brien Labour Panel
Cllr Jennifer Murnane O’Connor Labour Panel
Averil Power Industrial and Commercial Panel
Senator Marc Mac Sharry Industrial and Commercial Panel
Cllr Kenneth O’Flynn Industrial and Commercial Panel
I am also pleased to confirm that I have appointed my colleague Deputy Brian Lenihan TD as Deputy Leader of the Party, and Seán Ó Fearghail as Party Whip. I look forward to announcing further details of my frontbench over the coming weeks.