Declan Breathnach, as expected, has been selected by Fianna Fáil to run for Seanad Éireann.
The former Louth TD, who was first elected in 2016 to Dáil Éireann, lost his seat in a surprise General Election exactly three weeks ago. He has now been selected as one of nine Fianna Fáil inside nominations.
Breathnach’s inside nomination had been expected. LouthNow.ie understands he had been privately informed some time ago of his parties’ intention to back him as of their inside picks.
The Knockbridge-based politician has been nominated for the Cultural and Educational Panel. He will compete for one of just five seats on the panel with Fine Gael’s John McGahon. The Louth County councillor also contested last month’s General Election but lost out on his first run for the Dáil.
He was selected by Fine Gael last Thursday evening, having beaten Ardee Municipal District councillor Dolores Minogue and Meath County councillor Paddy Meade in a constituency selection convention two weeks ago.
Breathnach has been joined by Lisa Chambers and Margaret Murphy O’Mahony as Fianna Fáil’s nominations for the Cultural & Education Panel. A former schoolteacher and principal, Declan has worked at Dunleer National School and latterly as principal at Walshestown National School in Clogherhead.
Before his election to Dáil Éireann four years ago, he sat on Louth County Council for 25 years, chairing the body twice. He replaced the outgoing Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk on the ticket in 2016.
Speaking to LouthNow.ie last week, he said; “I’d be hoping an extra voice in the Oireachtas would be beneficial to Louth. There’s a great goodwill to all the work I’ve done in the past. I believe I have a contribution to make in terms of north-south relations and with Brexit too.
“There is a warmth towards me but until the votes are counted, I don’t know. Those I have spoken to have been very warm to me. They may not know me personally but will know my work ethic. Louth needs a representative in Seanad Eireann to help and support the TDs.”