Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are set to hold the first of their local election conventions in the coming days.
The Fine Gael event has been confirmed in the Longford Arms hotel next Tuesday, and the Fianna Fail convention is also expected sometime next week.
Four people have been nominated to go forward for Fine Gael in the Longford district, including outgoing councillors Peggy Nolan, John Browne and Gerry Hagan.
Councillor Hagan was co-opted to replace John Duffy who stood down from his seat in the Granard area earlier this year, but the boundary changes mean he’s now seeking election in the Longford area which has been extended to cover Killoe.
The three councillors are joined on the list next Tuesday night by Gerard Cooney from Newtownforbes who is a party activist.
While a total of 4 people will contest the convention it’s not yet known whether Fine Gael will choose to run three or four candidates.
Longford Fianna Fail will also be choosing their candidates to run in the Longford district in the coming days.
No official date has been given so far but nominations for the area have closed and there are five names on the list including outgoing councillor Seamus Butler, Joe Flaherty, and former town councillor Michael Connellan who lost out narrowly in the 2014 elections.
Another two names on the list are Martin Monaghan who’s a local businessman on Killashee St in Longford, and Uruemu Adejinmi from Clonbalt, who’s a community activist.
As is the case with Fine Gael it’s not yet known how many of the five will be chosen to actually contest the elections next year.
Fianna Fail ran three candidates for the six-seater area five years ago, so it’s possible that they will increase that now to four with the 7 seats now in play.