Eleven candidates vying for Roscommon vote

With two late additions, there are now 11 candidates contesting the General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

Two Independent candidates - Tony Coleman and Thomas Declan - were late entrants into the race for the three-seat constituency, declaring their intention to run just last week.

Two Government party TDs will contest the election - Fine Gael’s Cllr Maura Hopkins from Ballaghaderreen and Senator John Kelly of Labour, a former Independent councillor who was elected to the Seanad in 2011.

Fianna Fáil are putting forward two candidates in Strokestown’s Cllr Eugene Murphy, a long-time councillor but first-time General Election candidate, and former Roscommon GAA goalkeeper Shane Curran.

Ballaghaderreen native Claire Kerrane is the Sinn Féin hopeful. Meanwhile Miriam Hennesy from Knockvicar is running for the Green Party, and Anne Farrell for Renua. Eddie Conroy form Boyle is running under the Anti-Austerity Alliance/ People Before Profit banner.

There are a total of four Independents - sitting TDs Deputy Denis Naughton, who left Fine Gael after the downgrade of Roscommon Hospital in 2011, and Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, who was elected in the October 2014 by-election - as well as newcomers Tony Coleman and Thomas Declan.

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