Two candidates who had expressed an interest in contesting for the vacant seat on Westmeath County Council say they still have an interest in politics despite not being in the final round.
Sarah Seoige, a secondary teacher in Athlone, and John Tynan were the two last people out of a total of 5 to declare their intention to try to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of former councillor Jamie Moran.
Any candidate who wanted to be considered had to get the backing of six council members and only Kevin Boxer Moran and former councillor Paul Hogan have managed to do that.
Speaking on the Let's Talk show today , Sarah Seoige says she's disappointed she didn't get the necessary support, but she's still very interested in getting involved in politics in the future.
John Tynan who works with the Irish Wheelchair Association,and is heavily involved with community work says he wants to be a voice for people with disabilities, older people and anyone who feels ignored in our society.
The vacant seat on Westmeath County Council is due to be filled at a full meeting of the council on next Monday, but it's still not clear whether a vote will be needed, or whether a prior agreement between the parties will have decided the issue at that stage.