Saturday 3 December 2016

Kenny in full election mode for selection - but still no vote date

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

The Taoiseach with Michelle Mulherin TD and junior Tourism Minister Michael Ring TD
The Taoiseach with Michelle Mulherin TD and junior Tourism Minister Michael Ring TD
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Eileen Wehrley, the oldest member of Fine Gael in Ballina, and Michelle Mulherin TD at the Mayo Fine Gael selection convention in Claremorris
Ballyhaunis Community School students perform a set dance for the Taoiseach yesterday. Photo: Keith Heneghan
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny turns the sod for the new development of Ballyhaunis Community School, Co. Mayo.

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Taoiseach was selected last night at his party's Mayo convention to contest the next general election alongside Minister Michael Ring and TD Michelle Mulherin.

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Around 300 delegates turned up for the convention at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, despite the fact that no vote was held. It was one of the least controversial - and least suspenseful - selection conventions to be held in the run-up to the forthcoming general election, given that the fourth sitting TD John O'Mahony's move from Mayo to the new Galway West constituency was already sorted.

And so unsurprisingly the Taoiseach wasn't exactly exuding nerves when he arrived at the hotel last night.

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