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Reilly wins Fine Gael convention, will replace McGahon on Louth CoCo

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New Fine Gael councillor John Reilly and Senator John McGahon. Photo Credit: Facebook / Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

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.

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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.

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