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Omission: O'Connell failed to secure a nomination to run in the Seanad election. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Omission: O'Connell failed to secure a nomination to run in the Seanad election. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Omission: O'Connell failed to secure a nomination to run in the Seanad election. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The choir boys waited until the crescendo to enact their revenge on Kate O'Connell. Or was it the decrescendo? The Fine Gael selection process for Seanad nominations is the political equivalent of the FAI League of Ireland Cup fourth round, with less talent.

Yet, the decision to exclude O'Connell from the party's list of nominees for the forthcoming upper chamber election is being seen by many in the party as the ultimate act of political vindictiveness.

Senior Fine Gael figures say O'Connell's intervention in the Fine Gael leader contest almost three years ago has festered with Leo Varadkar's inner circle.