The candidates ready to step in
THE Ceann Comhairle does not have to stand in the next election.
The best use of that "free seat" would be central to the choice of any successor for Sean Barrett.
On the Fine Gael side, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe and Junior Farm Minister Tom Hayes tick some boxes. But their Government jobs are against them.
FG backbenchers Frank Feighan and John O'Mahony will be mentioned as will party chairman Dan Neville.
Should it go to Labour, veterans Emmet Stagg and Pat Rabbitte, and Michael McCarthy may figure.