Former Donegal TD Niall Blaney one of the frontrunners for Seanad by-election

A former Donegal TD is expected to win a Seanad seat when two by-elections are held tomorrow.

The elections are being held to fill the seats vacated by Denis Landy and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Former Fianna Fáil Deputy in Donegal North East, Niall Blaney is one of the frontrunners to fill one of the two vacant Seanad seats.

There are two vacancies on the Seanad’s Agricultural panel. The byelections will be held tomorrow, with members of the Dáil and Seanad deciding the vote.

Mr Blaney has said that if elected as a senator, he will not contest the next Donegal Dail selection convention.

Meanwhile, unionist Ian Marshall from Co Armagh, who is a former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union and anti-Brexit campaigner, is also expected to take one of the seats.

Yesterday evening, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald announced that the party will support Mr Marshall’s candidacy.

The other candidates include former Fine Gael TD for Kildare North Anthony Lawlor; and Mary Newman, a sister of Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell.