Updated: 31/01/18 : 14:46:57
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Fianna Fáil Sligo/Leitrim general election candidate selection underway

Fianna Fáil have begun the process of selecting candidates to represent the party in the next general election. Nomination forms were posted to members and Cumann Secretaries this week.

Nominations can be made by a Cumann or by five voting members. Nominations must be returned to Fianna Fáil Headquarters by 5pm on February 7th, 2018.

Following the close of nominations, the National Constituencies Committee will then meet to decide an election strategy for the constituency and decide on a date for a convention to select the candidates. This would be expected to take place within weeks.

Fianna Fáil selected three candidates Marc MacSharry, Paddy O'Rourke and Eamon Scanlon to represent the party in the 2016 General Election and a successful campaign resulted in party representation rising from no local TD in the 31st Dail to two TDs in the current Dáil.

Fianna Fáil have already held many selection conventions throughout Ireland and have candidates in place but due to the redrawn constituencies, party officers in this area decided to await the passing of legislation on the new constituencies before candidate selection would commence.

Members meeting to discuss Forthcoming Referendum

Sligo CDC Fianna Fáil have arranged a meeting on Monday February 12th, 2018 at 8pm in the Great Southern Hotel, Sligo for members to share opinions and discuss the forthcoming referendum on Repeal of the 8th Amendment.

Based on requests from members an opportunity will be given to all Sligo Fianna Fáil members to discuss the amendment and the position adopted by Fianna Fáil nationally.

Opinions from both sides of the debate will be welcome and the meeting will give members a genuine opportunity to debate their views in a respectful and dignified manner.