County’s five-strong Oireachtas team
There were significant developments in the world of politics last week as two well-known local politicians, Senator Terry Leyden and Councillor John Kelly, were both elected to the 24th Seanad.
The news was particularly pleasing for Kelly, who had run unsuccessfully in the February general election as a Labour Party candidate.
He was elected to the administrative panel with over 133,000 votes in an achievement which is no doubt the highlight of his political career. He will now have to give up his role as a county councillor and a replacement will be co-opted into his place.
Speaking to Roscommon People on Wednesday, Senator Kelly spoke of his delight at the election success.
“It’s been a great week for me and my family. It was a really tough campaign. You have to cover every corner of the country looking for votes so it was difficult from that point of view but thankfully I got the right result and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
‘I’m going up to Dublin on Thursday (today) to discuss with the Labour Party who will replace me on the council. They obviously helped me get elected to the Seanad while I got elected (to the Council) as an independent candidate so we will just have to sit down and decide what’s best in terms of a replacement” concluded the newly elected senator.
Meanwhile political veteran Senator Terry Leyden was re-elected to the Seanad on the Labour panel, receiving over 90,000 votes.
It all means that County Roscommon now has a remarkable five Oireachtas members, with Senators Kelly and Leyden joining Dail Deputies Frank Feighan, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Denis Naughten in the Houses of the Oireachtas.