Former Fianna Fáil Declan Breathnach is seeking nominations ahead of launching a bid for the Seanad, LouthNow.ie can reveal.
The Knockbridge man, first elected to Dáil Éireann in 2016 and who lost his seat in a surprise result last week, is keen to continue his work as a public representative and feels Louth should have a Fianna Fáil presence in the Oireachtas in some form. His defeat in last week’s General Election meant that for the first time in history, Louth would have no Fianna Fáil deputy in the Dáil.
Breathnach, 62, has been considering his next move since he lost his seat to Labour’s Ged Nash last Monday. He hinted on social media on Saturday that he was considering a return to politics and Breathnach was at County Hall on Monday morning, ahead of the day’s Louth County Council February meeting, to canvass votes from council members.
Nash, who replaced him on the five seat ticket in the Louth constituency, was elected to the Seanad after he lost his Dáil seat in 2016.
60 Senators will be elected to the Seanad during elections next month. The Taoiseach gets to nominate 11 senators, while 43 are voted on by incoming/sitting TDs, outgoing senators, and councillors and NUI and University of Dublin graduates elect six.
There are five panels in the Seanad – cultural and educational (five seats), agricultural (11), labour (11), industrial and commercial (nine), and administrative (seven). Each of these panels is split into a Nominating Bodies sub-panels and an Oireachtas sub-panel.
The period for nominations by Nominating Bodies will expire at noon on Monday 24 February 2020. The period for nominations by members of the Oireachtas will expire at noon on Monday 2 March 2020