New Fianna Fáil Deputy James Lawless pictured with Carmel Kelly and Carol Carey outside Leinster House on the first day of the 32nd Dail
There is, as yet, no word on who will replace the three newly elected Fianna Fail TDs on Kildare County Council.
The three, Frank O’Rourke, James Lawless and Fiona O’Loughlin, were all elected to the Dail for the first time at the election and took their seats for the first time today, Thursday, March 10.
Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin is a long standing county councillor, while the other two were mid-way through their first term as county councillors.
The Leinster Leader understands that potential replacements for the three must come from the municipal district that the departing councillor is from – namely Newbridge/Kildare (O’Loughlin), Naas (Lawless) and Leixlip/Celbridge (O’Rourke).
Deputy O’Loughlin told the Leinster Leader that all party members in the two constituencies would have received a letter on Monday, March 7, outlining the process to them and inviting them to nominate themselves or a fellow member to the role.
“It can be anybody from the local cumann or the organisation,” she explained.
The list of people is then sent to the party HQ for approval.
In theory, she explained, the list of nominees would then be sent to the local members who would vote on it, but because the nominees needed to be in place before March 13 – so that they can play a role in Seanad elections – the matter may be decided by Fianna Fail HQ.
“My preference is for the democratic option, for people to vote for the nominees,” she said.
However she was pragmatic about the time restraints.