Fine Gael members in Louth have selected one-time local election candidate John Reilly to fill the seat vacated by Senator John McGahon on Louth County Council.
Reilly will be co-opted onto the council next week and will represent the Dundalk-Carlingford area. He is the second new member to be co-opted for that electoral area after Andrea McKevitt was selected by Fianna Fáil to replace Erin McGreehan, who was one of An Taoiseach’s 11 picks for Seanad Eireann last month.
He won the branch selection convention by pipping Roisin Duffy, a candidate in last year’s local elections, by just three votes – winning 56 to 54. Local businessman Craig Colgan finished a distant third with seven votes. The selection was made by postal ballot, in light of Covid-19 restrictions.
Reilly previously ran for election for Fine Gael in the 2004 local elections where he garnered just 280 votes, finishing fourth of four party candidates vying for a seat representing the Dundalk-Carlingford area.
Only the Progressive Democrats Sean Marmion and Labour’s Des McKeown fared worse.