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Ex-GAA player bids for run against old manager

FORMER Mayo footballer Dermot Flanagan could be competing against his old manager John O'Mahony in the general election in Mayo.

The barrister is putting his name forward for selection at the forthcoming Fianna Fail convention as a replacement for retiring TD Beverley Flynn.

Mr Flanagan, who played in three All-Ireland finals for Mayo in a 15-year career, acknowledged it would be a difficult election for the party.

"I believe it is important there is representation for Fianna Fail," he said.

His father Sean Flanagan was an All-Ireland winning captain with Mayo as well as a Fianna Fail TD and MEP. If selected, Mr Flanagan would be running against Fine Gael TD John O'Mahony, who managed the 1989 Mayo team he played on.

Mr Flanagan is likely to be facing competition for the nomination from several other candidates, including former Cllr Frank Chambers, Cllr Al McDonnell, Cllr Damian Ryan and Denis Gallagher.

Irish Independent