Longford County Council could soon have second female member

There’s strong speculation that Longford County Council could soon have a second female member when the co-option process takes place to fill the seat left vacant by Joe Flaherty.

It’s understood that the newly elected TD ceased to be a member of the council as soon as he was declared successful in his election campaign for Dail Eireann.

Joe Flaherty was himself co-opted onto Longford County Council after the resignation of councillor Padraig Loughrey in October of 2017.

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He had already won a selection convention earlier that year to be the county’s candidate in the next general election.

Flaherty successfully contested last years local elections and took a seat again on the local authority but that seat is now empty and will need to be filled in a short time frame.

One of the names mentioned most as a possible replacement on the council since the result on Monday night is that of Uruemu Adjejinmi, who ran for Fianna Fail in the Longford local electoral area last May.

She’s the only one of the four party candidates in the Longford area who didn’t get elected last year, and it’s the Fianna Fail members of the Longford local electoral area who will get to decide who the party will nominate to fill the vacant seat.

It’s not known exactly how long the party has to make up its mind, but it’s likely that a meeting will have to be held first for the members to discuss the matter.

The council itself will then pass a resolution to appoint the new member at a future meeting.