Orla Leyden declares intention to seek FF General Election nomination

Roscommon Council Cathaoirleach Orla Leyden has declared her intention to stand as a candidate in the next Fianna Fail GE selection convention.

The Castlecoote councillor was first elected to Roscommon County Council in 2004 and has served as a member of the local authority since that time.

She’s a daughter of long time Fianna Fail Senator Terry Leyden who also served as a TD for several years up until 1992.

Councillor Leyden was elected as Cathaoirleach of Roscommon council in June of this year becoming just the the third woman to hold the position.

She ruled herself out of contention for the Roscommon South Leitrim by-election in October 2014, and the last general election in 2016, on the grounds that she had a young daughter and didn’t see the Dail as being sufficiently reformed to allow women from rural counties to maintain a proper family life and do their job.

Councillor Leyden said in a tweet yesterday that she had informed party leader Micheal Martin at the Ard Fheis of her intention to seek the nomination.

She’s the third councillor so far to declare their intention to stand in the next party convention, with south Roscommon’s John Keogh and Moylough councillor Michael Connolly also confirming in the past number of days.