Leonard to run in by-election
COUNCILLOR Denis Leonard has been selected to stand for Labour in the Longford Westmeath by-election.
His nomination follows recent speculation the party would not run any candidate in the election.
Mr Leonard, who lives in the Kinnegad area of Westmeath, had previously ruled out putting his name forward, but later changed his mind.
Last night, Mr Leonard said: "I am standing in this election on my record for delivering for my local community. I have worked hard on the County Council, and I believe that if elected to the Dail, I will serve the people well."