THE Fianna Fáil councillor, Malcolm Byrne, has indicated he wants a party nomination for an upcoming by-election in Wexford.
The by-election has been caused by Independent Mick Wallace’s election to the European Parliament election. It is one of four by-elections likely to be held this autumn, most of which will pose tough choices and local tensions for the parties.
Mr Byrne, based in Gorey, had an impressive run in the European Parliament election for the 12-county Ireland South constituency. He ran a strong campaign with his Fianna Fáil running mate Billy Kelleher winning a seat. Mr Byrne polled a total of 69,000 votes and was eliminated only on the 16th count. He also topped the poll to take a Wexford County Council seat in the Gorey council area.
According to sources, his intention to try for a nomination in the by-election will cause tensions in the Wexford area.
Wexford town-based Cllr Lisa McDonald has been chosen to stand alongside the Enniscorthy-based sitting TD, James Browne.
The party leadership will review candidates based on last month’s elections.