FORMER President of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), John Dillon has confirmed he will run as an independent in the upcoming General Election.
Mr Dillon will contest the newly formed Limerick county constituency.
Three TDs will be selected from the predominantly rural electoral area and Mr Dillon -- who was previously mooted as a possible Fine Gael candidate -- has opted to put his name forward as an Independent.
From Pallasgreen in east Limerick, Mr Dillon said he was encouraged by a lot of people to contest the election.
"We need solutions for the future, and I believe that changes and new faces are necessary," he said.
FF councillor may opt for going solo
A FIANNA Fail councillor looks set to contest the General Election as an Independent if he fails to be selected by the party in the Donegal north east constituency.
Sources revealed that Letterkenny-based Ciaran Brogan's supporters have already decided that he will run as an Independent if Fianna Fail decides to pursue a two-candidate strategy.
It appears that outgoing TD Niall Blaney and a representative from the Inishowen peninsula will be the party's two candidates to contest seats in the three seater constituency, once dominated by Fianna Fail.
"Polls are showing that Sinn Fein's Padraig MacLochlainn and Fine Gael's Joe McHugh will get seats which would leave Fianna Fail with one seat," said one insider. "The party will be doing everything it can to ensure it can get that third seat and that means selecting candidates as far apart geographically as possible."