Enda Kenny to appoint his 11 Senators later today

Enda Kenny is to appoint his 11 Senators later today.

The move will allow the upper house of the Oireachtas sit for the first time, as early as next week.

49 Senators were elected to the Seanad a month ago but the upper house can’t meet until the Taoiseach makes his 11 appointments.

Among those expected to be made Senators today are TD’s who lost seats in the general election including Fine Gael’s deputy leader, former minister James Reilly and former junior minister Paudie Coffey.

While locally former Roscommon South Leitrim Deputy Frank Feighan is tipped as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees, he told Ocean FM today there is no guarantee despite speculation and that as of yet he has not had a call from his party leader.

Meanwhile, Leitrim businessmen John McCartin and Gerry Reynolds who just lost out in the general election could also be nominated.