FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE CLARE PEOPLE ON MAY 5

Senator Martin Conway looks unlikely to win a place on the Fine Gael ticket for next year’s General Election – as the local strategy committee for the party has made their election recommendations to the party head off in Dublin.
While the local members have yet to confirm what general election strategy they favour – it is understood that the party will likely run a three candidate strategy in Clare. With gender quota legislation now in place – the Ennistymon senator could fine himself as the fifth in line for a nomination after sitting TD’s Pat Breen and Joe Carey, Shannon Senator Tony Mulcahy and Ennis Cllr Mary Howard.
Senator Conway is a close friend of both Deputy Lucinda Creighton and her husband Senator Paul Bradford – and would be an obvious choice for Renua if he does not get the Fine Gael nomination.
A spokesperson for the Fine Gael party in Clare was playing his cards close to his chest when contacted by The Clare People yesterday. The spokesperson confirmed that “the local party strategy committee has sent its report to the Fine Gael Executive Council for consideration” and that they are currently waiting for a response from Dublin.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael will launch their campaign for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum this Thursday, May 7, at the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis.
Speakers on the night will include openly gay TD Jerry Buttimer from Cork South Central, Kilrush man and Director of GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Brian Sheehan, Mairead Doyle from Michael Houlihan and Partners, Ennis and Chairman of Clare Young Fine Gael and openly gay teenager Michael Taylor.

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