Two candidates have been selected by Fine Gael to run in the Sligo area in the local elections next May.
Local Fine Gael Area Representative Thomas Walsh from Ballygawley and auctioneer Tom Fox from Calry were chosen to run in Sligo/Drumcliffe electoral area.
The two new candidates were chose at the selection convention in the Clayton Hotel last which was chaired by Mayo Senator John O’ Mahony
A directive from Fine Gael party headquarters stated that one candidate be selected in the north of the constituency and one from the south.
This meant geographically a candidate was required to be selected either side of the R287 Carraroe to Dromahair Road.
As there was only one candidate running south of this line, it meant Thomas Walsh only required one vote to be selected.
Speaking to Ocean Fm News last night, Mr Walsh says he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Ciara McLoughlin, daughter-in-law of sitting Sligo North Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin lost to Tom Fox on the night.
Ocean Fm news understands the final vote was 63 votes to 38 in favour of the Mr Fox.
Speaking to Ocean Fm News last night he says there is a history of politics in his family.
Meanwhile tributes were paid to former mayor and chairman of Sligo County Council, Cllr Hubert Keaney, who announced his decision in advance of tonight’s convention that he will not be seeking to retain his seat in the elections in May.