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Friday 9 December 2016

Kenny to run in new 4-seater

Enda Kenny: 'We expect to rise to the challenge of being able to elect three TDs out of four'
Enda Kenny: 'We expect to rise to the challenge of being able to elect three TDs out of four'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister Michael Ring and TD Michelle Mulherin were all selected to contest the next general election in Mayo.

Although over 300 delegates attended the selection convention in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris last night, there was no vote taken as it had been decided to run three candidates in the four-seat constituency.

A boundary review has seen the number of seats up for grabs reduced by one, and Fine Gael's fourth sitting TD, John O'Mahoney has moved into the new neighbouring constituency of Galway West/Mayo.

Arriving at the convention last night, Mr Kenny, who is the Dail's longest -sitting TD, said: "We expect to rise to the challenge of being able to elect three TDs out of four.

"This is a Herculean task, it's one that I think our strategy and our team will be able to deliver."

Last night marked the end of Fine Gael's conventions, the party is still short of meeting the required 30pc gender quota, with women making up only 26pc of its 80 candidates selected to date.

Party HQ is now faced with the task of adding up to eight female candidates to tickets around the country.

It is likely that constituencies with either single candidates, or two male candidates will be targeted, including Dublin Fingal where sitting TDs James Reilly and Alan Farrell have already been selected.

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