Murphy’s Council replacement to be confirmed on Monday

A battle is underway within Fianna Fáil to replace newly-elected TD Eugene Murphy on Roscommon County Council.

  On Monday, the party opened nominations for the position, with the deadline for receipt of them being yesterday (Wednesday) at 1 pm.

  A list of confirmed candidates had not been released at the time of going to press, but Larry Brennan, a member of the national exective, was among those who confirmed that he had a valid nomination.

  So, too, has Joe Murphy, a brother of the newly-elected TD, who is Deputy Murphy’s choice to take his place. 

  It is understood that Mr. Murphy and Mr. Brennan are the frontrunners for the position, although there is speculation that Ballaghaderreen’s Aidan Sampey, an unsuccessful candidate in the 2014 local elections, has also been nominated.

  One surprise nominee was James Campbell, from Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon. He said that he was told of his nomination by Fianna Fáil headquarters on Wednesday afternoon.

  However, he said that he withdrew because he felt that the candidate should come from the Strokestown area.

  A special council meeting has been called for Monday, March 14, at 4.30 pm, where the person chosen will be revealed. Fianna Fáil are expected to interview the nominated candidates over the coming days.