Feargal Quinn to endorse Ross Independent group
Senator Feargal Quinn will provide a boost today to Shane Ross' new alliance of Independents.
The businessman will express his support for the new Independent group.
However, the Superquinn founder will not be a candidate in the next general election.
His endorsement will be a feather in the cap for Mr Ross and his colleagues, Finian McGrath, John Halligan, Tom Fleming and Michael Fitzmaurice.
The new group is expected to formally launch in the coming weeks and announce its line-up of candidates for the election.
Meanwhile, Lucinda Creighton's husband Senator Paul Bradford will run for Renua Ireland .
Renua have named two more general election candidates.
Councillor Patrick McKee will contest Carlow Kilkenny and Mr Bradford is the party's candidate for Cork East.
The selection of Mr McKee, who came fourth in last month's Carlow-Kilkenny by-election, comes after persistent rumours he had been planning to leave Renua, which angered many in the fledgling party.
"The claims were always risible, the measure of Patrick's commitment to Renua is that he has actually postponed final solicitor's exams to campaign on a full-time basis as the next candidate for Carlow-Kilkenny," a party source said.
The selection of Mr Bradford will add to what is expected to be a hotly contested Cork East constituency. In his last run for the Dáil in 2007, Mr Bradford was third in first preference votes before being overtaken in the later counts. He had the unfortunate distinction of being the highest polling candidate not to win a seat.
Senator Bradford said Renua activists were determined to pursue different politics.
The party now has 10 candidates selected across the country.