Race is on for the Seanad
With the General Election over, the race is now on for the Seanad.
Trinity College Dublin yesterday revealed a total of 16 candidates running for election, with 30 candidates nominated in the National University of Ireland.
Among the newest names added to the lists are former USI president Laura Harmon; journalist Carol Hunt; Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, former chief executive of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; Oisin Coghlan of Friends of the Earth; and Jerry Beades of the New Land League.
Former Justice Minister Michael McDowell and ex-union chief David Begg have both put their names forward to be elected to the Seanad's National University of Ireland panel.
Businesmen Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Sean Melly and Pearse Flannery are also running, while senators Ivana Bacik, David Norris, Averil Power, Ronan Mullen and Aideen Hayden are also among those seeking to take their seats again.
The Seanad is composed of 60 members.