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FG family to compete for election selection

Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30

Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan faces competition from up to six sitting councillors for a place on the Fine Gael ticket
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan faces competition from up to six sitting councillors for a place on the Fine Gael ticket

A Fine Gael politician is set to be challenged at an upcoming General Election selection convention by his own father-in-law.

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Limerick TD Patrick O'Donovan faces competition from up to six sitting councillors for a place on the Fine Gael ticket following the shock decision by party chairman Dan Neville to retire.

Mr Neville this week announced he does not intend to contest the upcoming General Election in a move that will pave the way for his son Tom to seek a nomination.

But five other councillors have expressed serious interest in contesting the convention, which is due to be held in the coming weeks.

Among the Fine Gael councillors interested is Stephen Keary, who is the father-in-law of deputy Patrick O'Donovan.

Mr O'Donovan is politically very close to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Arts Minister Heather Humphreys.

But the remainder of the all-male Limerick group have also confirmed their interest.

These include Mayor of Limerick Liam Galvin, John Sheahan, Ger Mitchell, Bill O'Donnell and Jerome Scanlan. Mr Scanlan said he believes he is the only candidate capable of taking a second seat for the party.

Irish Independent

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