Friday 15 November 2019

Eamon O'Cuiv selected to contest general election for Fianna Fail

Eamonn O'Cuiv
Eamonn O'Cuiv

Caroline Crawford

Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv has been selected to contest the general election for the party.

The party stalwart was one of three people chosen at the Fianna Fail selection convention for the Galway West constituency.

He was joined on the ticket by party colleagues, former city councillors John Connolly and current Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Mary Hoade.

Deputy Ó'Cuív and Mr Connolly reached the quota on the first count. Cllr Hoade reached the quota ahead of Stephanie Murphy-Penn when Mr O'Cuiv's surplus was distributed.

Five candidates had put themselves forward for selection with the party stating at least one man and one woman must be selected. However, one of the candidates, NUIG lecturer Eric Mortimer had withdrawn from the contest prior to the vote.

More than 500 delegates took part in the vote which took place at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit tonight and was chaired by Mayo TD Dara Calleary.

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