FG unlikely to add Perry to ticket for election
It is increasingly unlikely that former junior minister John Perry will be added to the Fine Gael General Election ticket after he failed to be selected at his local convention meeting.
Mr Perry failed to be selected on Friday night for the newly formed Sligo-North Leitrim constituency.
He lost out to sitting TD Tony McLoughlin and former Leitrim TD Gerry Reynolds, who topped the poll.
On Saturday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the party would reflect on the selection convention result before deciding if Mr Perry would be added.
"Obviously, Fine Gael reflect on all of these things before they finalise all the tickets in every constituency.
"We consider all the aspects of every convention, as we always do," Mr Kenny said before the Fine Gael presidential dinner.
He continued: "Constituencies have changed and conventions are run by the party. Delegates vote and make their choices in accordance with directions given by the executive council of Fine Gael."
However, a senior Fine Gael source said yesterday it was still "unlikely" that Mr Perry would run in the General Election, despite previous commitments by Mr Kenny to allow all sitting TDs to run.
"The ticket as it stands looks fairly complete and balanced," the source said.
Mr Perry did not respond to repeated requests for comment yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mr Kenny will tonight face his own selection convention in Mayo.
The Taoiseach will be proposed alongside Westport-based TD Michael Ring, who is the Junior Minister for Sport and Tourism, and Ballina's Michelle Mulherin.
As the sitting Mayo TD John O'Mahony is moving to Galway West for the election and no one else has put their name forward, there will be no vote on the night for the three places on the Fine Gael ticket.