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Thursday 15 November 2018

Ryan 'very unlikely' to accept Seanad seat

Senan Molony Deputy Political Editor

FORMER MEP Eoin Ryan has ruled out a future role in the Seanad.

Mr Ryan broke his silence to indicate it was "very unlikely" he would accept an offer of a seat in the Upper House, adding that he was taking the summer off to consider his options.

He told the Irish Independent that he did not feel a Seanad seat would be right for him -- even though the Government might be inclined to offer it following his ousting as an MEP by Socialist party leader Joe Higgins.

The Government has two Seanad seats to fill in the wake of the elevation to Europe of Senator Alan Kelly for the Labour Party in the South constituency, and the recent death of Senator Tony Kett. Seanad by-elections involve only Oireachtas members, giving FF and the Greens an automatic majority.

It also appears that Maurice Ahern won't be compensated for his Dublin Central by-election failure and the loss of his Dublin city council seat by an appointment to the Seanad.

On the other hand, his fellow by-election reject, Shay Brennan of Dublin South, is believed to be in the shake-up for a Seanad seat.

While speculation is continuing in Fianna Fail on the matter, senior members of the party are rejecting suggestions from their coalition partners that the Greens should get one of the seats available.

"Senator Deirdre de Burca failed in Dublin, and Senator Dan Boyle failed in Ireland South, and they will go back to the Seanad and that should be good enough for them," one FF backbencher said.

"The idea of the Greens being gifted a seat which had not originally belonged to them was "not going to happen," he added.

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