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The only outgoing Mayo candidate in the Seanad elections, Senator Paddy Burke, was re-elected to the 24th Seanad — and the potentially last in its current form — this week on the agricultural panel. Sen Burke was one of the 11 candidates from 28 to pick up a seat.
Kilkenny Fine Gael Councillor Pat O’ Neill has been elected to the Seanad.
Galway and the west of Ireland will have voices in the new Seanad Éireann that will campaign and use all the powers it can to represent the concerns and fears of the people, and make the Seanad relevant to Irish political life, so say the county’s newest senators.
Just 1,300 people living in Westmeath are registered to vote for the upcoming Seanad elections on the National University of Ireland (NUI) panel, one of just three panels which allows members of the public to vote.
Four Galway Fine Gaelers are seeking seats in the next Seanad, but if any are successful, will they sit a full term in the Upper House or one lasting only two years?
Seanad Éireann has a very limited electorate, with the only members of the public allowed a say in who sits there being university graduates.
Alice-Mary Higgins, daughter of Labour president and former Galway West TD Michael D Higgins, is to seek a seat in Seanad Éireann.
Presidential hopeful, and one of Ireland’s most famous scholars, Senator David Norris, launched his presidential campaign in Kilkenny last week and his first port of call in the city was to meet fellow young scholars in the Fr McGrath Family Resource Centre.
David Norris kicks off th west of Ireland leg of his presidential campaign when he gives a talk in NUI,Galway — the former workplace of his Áras rival Michael D Higgins next Monday night.