Donegal’s Seanad nominations confirmed

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Cllr. Martin Harley, Cllr. John Ryan and Danny Byrne have all been nominated for the Seanad.

Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, Cllr. Martin Harley, Cllr. John Ryan and Danny Byrne have all been nominated for the Seanad.

Senator Ó Domhnaill, who was previously nominated by the Taoiseach, will contest the Agricultural Panel for Fianna Fáil. The 33-year-old said yesterday he was delighted to have been nominated.

Cllrs. Martin Harley and John Ryan have been nominated by Fine Gael. Their names will go forward to a national selection process this week to determine wiether they will be among the final 15 Fine Gael nominees. Cllr. Harley commented: “It will be up to headquarters to make a decision now. They have got to look at Donegal South West realistically this time. I am looking forward to the challenge of it. If I do not succeed in getting my name sent forward then i will keep working on behalf of the people who elected me in the first place.”

Danny Byrne, who has campaigned on behalf of his family for compensation under the Lost at Sea Scheme, was also nominated by Fine Gael, for the Industrial and Commercial panel. He said: “I am happy to have received the nomination. I will have to talk to Fine Gael and have a look at who else is running, but certainly south Donegal could do with another strong voice at the heart of government.”

Former Donegal Mayor Cllr. Brendan Byrne said this week that he was asked to consider running for the Seanad but had declined. “I am a newly married man with a young family and I will be seeking re-election to the council in three years. I will not be seeking self-promotion. I intend to do the job that people have given me and that is in Donegal County Council.

It is understood that Cllrs. Patrick McGowan and Dessie Larkin have also ruled themselves out of running for the Seanad. There has been speculation that Cllr. Jimmy Harte may be nominated by the Labour Party.