Former government minister Conor Lenihan has said that he remains “very keen” on vying for a Dáil seat in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.
He said that he had been “hugely encouraged” by the support he had received from Fianna Fáil locally since he revealed last month that he was considering taking part in the General Election selection convention.
“I am still very keen,” said the former Dublin South-West TD, now a businesman, based in Moscow. “I am still very interested.
“A number of people contacted me since there was some publicity about the interest I expressed following contact from the constituency itself. People are continuing to ring me and encourage me to put my name forward.
“When I had meetings with people on the ground, including with a couple of councillors and senior members of the organisation, they have all been very encouraging,” said Mr Lenihan.
“I have been hugely encouraged by the supportive commentary and phonecalls and expressions of support from people in the constituency itself.”
He said that he would make a decision shortly on whether to contest the convention.
Mr. Lenihan, now based in Moscow, said: “I will be back in Ireland in the next few weeks and will meet more people in the constituency,” he said. “We will make our assessment when we are absolutely certain of the date of our convention.”