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Cllr 'humbled' by nomination for Seanad


Fianna Fáil Cllr James Carroll

Fianna Fáil Cllr James Carroll

Fianna Fáil Cllr James Carroll

FIANNA Fail Councillor James Carroll said he is 'humbled and honoured' to be nominated for the Seanad just six months after taking his seat on the county council.

If elected, the 26-yearold will be the youngest member of the senate and the only one in his 20s.

'There is still a three week process to go through so I'm not counting my chickens yet,' he told the Drogheda Independent.

'I'm absolutely over the moon with the nomination, I'm very humbled and honoured, as a 26year-old to be given the opportunity.'

James has been nominated for the administrative panel and the nominations for the seat will close at noon on Wednesday.

'Obviously, it is a very proud day for my family as well and if I am elected I hope I will be an effective Oireachtas member for all of County Louth and East Meath.'

Despite his brief political career so far, James is confident the move will help him represent people in the locality effectively but said he hasn't yet given much thought to the possibility of contesting the next General Election.

'I have a great opportunity now to open an office in Drogheda and be a visible and effective member representing people in the Drogheda area but I haven't looked any further ahead than that,' he said.

'I don't want to jump the gun on anything – I still have to secure my Seanad seat yet. I'd take nothing for granted as regards the general election, that would be up to the members in south Louth and east Meath.'

He refused to comment on possible replacements for his county council seat and despite leaving the council less than a year into his five year tenure on LCC if elected to the Seanad, he believes the move can only enhance his representation of his constituents.

'I'll be able to deliver a far better service to them than I have been able to because at the moment I'm working 9-5pm and trying to do my council work in the evenings and on weekends.

'If I'm elected, I'll be able to have a presence fulltime in Drogheda. There is no way I'll forget about the people who voted for me because if it wasn't for them I'd never have been given this opportunity. I suppose the nomination is an endorsement of their vote in many respects.'

If elected, James will be the first Louth Senator since Fergus O'Dowd took his seat in 1997.

'He was actually my year head when I was in first year and he actually left that year to take his seat in the Seanad.'

Local TD Thomas Byrne congratulated Councillor Carroll on his nomination to contest a seat for Seanad Eirean.

'The election date for the vacant Seanad seat has been provisionally set for December 14th when I expect that Councillor Carroll will become a new member of Seanad Eireann' he said.