Mayor of Kildare Martin Miley is on the campaign trail as he contests one of two vacant seats in the Seanad.
Cllr Miley, who is seeking to be added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the next election to the Dail by his party’s national executive, is contesting a seat on the Agricultural Panel. The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Labour senator Denis Landy due to ill health on 28 November last.
His competition is former Fine Gael North TD Anthony Lawlor, two other Fianna Fáil councillors Niall Blaney of Donegal and Niall Kelliher of Kerry and independent candidate Joe Conroy of Waterford.
Cllr Miley said he was delighted to have been nominated to contest the election by nine sitting Fianna Fail members of the Dáil and Seanad.
“I was nominated by Deputies Fiona O’Loughlin, Frank O’Rourke, James Lawless, Seán Flemming, Mary Buttler, Anne Rabbitte and Robert Troy along with Senators Lorraine Lee Clifford and Pat Casey. The nominations show I have cross county support for my candidature and I am delighted and humbled that they have shown such faith in me and view me as being worthy of their support. I have a battle on my hands to win the seat but I am looking for cross party support to be elected to the Seanad.”
The seat on the Agricultural Panel is one of two Seanad vacancies which are due to be filled in this month’s election. The other seat was left vacant by the resignation of former Sinn Fein Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, who resigned from the Seanad on 5 February 2018.
Nominations for the election to fill the vacancies in the Seanad closed on Tuesday last 27 March and ballot papers are due to be issued on 13 April with the result expected after ballots are returned on 27 April. As it is a Seanad bye election only sitting TDs and Senators can vote.
Kildare’s only other candidate Anthong Lawlor was contacted by the Kildare Nationalist but was not available for comment on his campaign.