Political parties continuing to select candidates for local elections

The political parties are continuing to select their candidates to run in the local elections this coming May.

Fine Gael and Sinn Fein have been selecting candidates in Sligo and Leitrim over the weekend while a convention to choose Fine Gael candidates in the Strandhill area of Sligo will take place tonight.

The Fine Gael convention to select candidates in the six-seat Sligo/Standhill area will take place tonight in The Sligo Park Hotel at 8pm.

There are two nominations, sitting councillor and general election candidate Sinead Maguire, as well as Blaine Gaffney, a local Fine Gael activist and parliamentary assistant to Dail Deputy Tony McLoughlin.

Both nominees are expected to be selected to run.

The chairperson for tonight’s Strandhill area convention will be Leitrim Councillor Finola Armstrong-McGuire.

A convention to select the Fine Gael candidates to run in the Sligo/Drumcliffe area will take place on Monday next, February 4th.

In the Manorhamilton area, Fine Gael has selected three candidates to run for seats on Leitrim County Council.

They are outgoing councillors Frank Dolan and Sean McDermott, and newcomer John Joe Dowdican, from Tullaghan.

Sinn Fein has also been selecting its candidates to run in Leitrim.

They include sitting councillor Padraig Fallon from Manorhamilton.

Former chairman of the Irish Farmers Association in Leitrim, Pat Gilhooley, has also been selected to run for Sinn Fein in the Ballinamore area as well as sitting councillors Brendan Barry from Drumshanbo and Caroline Mulvey from Cloone.