Fine Gael choose sitting TDs to contest general election in Carlow-Kilkenny

Kilkenny's Cllr Patrick O'Neill loses out

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Fine Gael choose sitting TDs to contest general election in Carlow-Kilkenny

Paul Cuddihy, Cllr Patrick O'Neill, Junior Minister JKohn Paul Phelan, Pat DFeering, TD and Minister Simon Harris at Lyrath Estate Hotel PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Over 500 members of Fine Gael turned up at the party's selection convention for Carlow-Kilkenny at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny city last night.

Delegates chose sitting TDs, John Paul Phelan (Minister for Local Government) and Pat Deering.

Young Cllr Patrick O'Neill was the one to lose out after the chairman of the meeting, Minister for Health, Simon Harris said that only two candidates would be selected.

Hopes are high that Cllr O'Neill will be added to the ticket by the party hierarchy in the coming weeks.