Fine Gael chair fails to get nod for election
Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Padraic McCormack last night suffered the embarrassment of failing to win a nomination to run for the party in the General Election.
Mr McCormack lost a selection convention in Galway West to Councillor Brian Walsh and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames.
After reversing a decision to retire at the 2007 General Election, party sources expect Mr McCormack to stand down this time -- although there was no confirmation of that last night.
Mr Walsh is based in the same part of the constituency as Mr McCormack.
Despite his senior position in the party, the veteran TD is unlikely now to be on the party ticket.
Fine Gael headquarters will look to add either one or two more candidates, with Sean Kyne in the county and Hildegard Naughton in the city tipped for selection.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and deputy leader Dr James Reilly also had their running mates selected as they bid to win seats from Fianna Fail.
Mr Kenny will run the same ticket as in the 2007 General Election in Mayo.
A selection convention in Castlebar selected Mr Kenny, social welfare spokesman Michael Ring and backbencher John O'Mahony.
Fine Gael will again run county councillor Michelle Mulherin, who edged out fellow councillor Jarlath Munnelly.