Frank Feighan, the former Fine Gael TD, has said that he would ‘consider’ becoming a Senator if the Taoiseach offered him the chance to do so.
The Seanad elections for 49 of the 60 seats at stake are currently ongoing, with the results to be determined by April 26.
Mr. Feighan is not standing for election, but he could still be a member of the Upper House: the remaining 11 seats are chosen by the Taoiseach, who makes his nominations after the other Seanad seats have been filled.
Asked if he would accept such an offer, Mr Feighan said: “I would consider it.”
Mr. Feighan’s chances in this regard would surely hinge on Enda Kenny remaining as taoiseach after the current government negotiations.
Mr. Feighan said that that he had remained active politically since stepping down as a TD after February’s General Election. “I have been working with clinics and I tidying up a lot of stuff that I needed to finish off, following up on a lot of outstanding issues,” he said.
Seven candidates from the Roscommon area are contesting the Seanad elections: Senator Terry Leyden (Fianna Fáil), Cllr. Nigel Dineen (Independent), Cllr. Maura Hopkins (Fine Gael), Dr Martin Daly (Independent), Barry Johnston (Independent), Dr Keith Swanick (Fianna Fáil) and Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke (Fianna Fáil).
Of them, Mr. Feighan believes that Senator Leyden, Cllr. Hopkins and Cllr. Dineen are most likely to succeed.
“I think Maura has a good chance; I think Terry Leyden is a banker,” he said.
“I think Nigel Dineen has a good chance. I think there are one or two Independent quotas on his panel (commercial and industrial), and I think he could surprise if he could get the Independent vote.”