Son of former Leitrim TD and Senator to be added to Fianna Fail election ticket

Fianna Fail has confirmed that Shane Ellis will be added to the Sligo Leitrim Fianna Fail ticket.

The Fenagh farmer is the son of former Senator and TD in Leitrim John Ellis.

There won’t be a vote at next week’s convention after Leitrim and Roscommon Cllrs Paddy O’Rourke and Rachel Doherty confirmed they won’t contest the convention.

They had been nominated along with Shane Ellis and a vote was due to take place at the convention due to take place in the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon on the 27th of April.

Rachel Doherty who is based in Cootehall, Co. Roscommon told Ocean FM News in the last week that she would not contest saying the make-up of the new constituency which now takes in north Roscommon as well as south Donegal makes it impossible for a candidate like herself who is known is just a small part of the constituency.

Carrigallen-based Cllr Paddy O’Rourke said today that a large portion of the votes he got when he ran as a candidate in the 2016 election were in west Cavan which has now been moved back to the Cavan Monaghan constituency:

It means Shane Ellis, a farmer in Fenagh in county Leitrim will now be added to the ticket along with sitting TDs Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon.

His father John first entered politics when he was elected to the Seanad by the Agricultural Panel in 1977. He was then elected to the Dail at the 1981 General Election for the Sligo Leitrim constituency.