Conor Lenihan loses out on Dáil return

Ex-Fianna Fáil junior minister Conor Lenihan’s bid to return to the Dáil has come crashing down to earth after the TD failed to even be nominated for a key candidate short-list.

The former TD - who intended to run in the Roscommon-Galway constituency - failed to obtain enough grass-roots support to contest the area’s selection convention.

A Lenihan-O’Rourke political dynasty member, Mr Lenihan was a junior minister from 2004 to 2011. After losing his seat in 2011, he relocated to Moscow to join the Skolkovo Foundation.

In August Mr Lenihan announced plans to run in his late father Brian Lenihan senior’s Roscommon- Galway constituency.

However, while Fianna Fáil confirmed last night 10 people will be considered Mr Lenihan is not included. Any contender must obtain the backing of five local members or one cumann. Fianna Fáil has hundreds of local members.

Meanwhile, ex-justice minister Alan Shatter won an equally difficult Dublin-Rathdown battle last night against Cllr Neale Richmond and Cllr Josepha Madigan.

With headquarters seeking a two-candidate male-female split, the Fine Gael TD had been expected to lose to Mr Richmond before being added as Taoiseach Enda Kenny has previously said all TDs will contest their seats.

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