Boyle native Senator Frank Feighan has been added to the Sligo Leitrim General Election ticket by the party’s executive council after a meeting on Tuesday night .
Senator Feighan had recently expressed an interest to run in the next election following news that sitting TD Gerry Reynolds is stepping away from politics.
Former Fine Gael Minister Ballymote’s John Perry failed to get added by the council at it’s Tuesday night meeting.
Senator Feighan, who was most recently Director of Elections for MEP Maria Walsh, will run alongside Councillor Sinead McGuire.
One of the first to congratulate Senator Feighan was Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan who took to Twitter late on Tuesday night to post “congratulations and every success to @FrankFeighan Sligo/Leitrim @Fine Gael General Election Candidate”.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued Wednesday, Senator Feighan said: “I am delighted and honoured that Fine Gael has placed its trust in me by adding me to the ticket alongside Cllr Sinead Maguire, who is an excellent candidate.
“I believe I have the experience and track record to win a seat for the party and thankfully I have been successful at every election I have contested to date.
“I have been in politics for more than twenty years and a member of the Oireachtas since 2002.
”Nine of those years were as a TD with eight as a Senator. Indeed, I was very honoured to represent Roscommon South-Leitrim from 2007 to 2016.
“With a strong support base in North Roscommon and South Leitrim, I believe I am well placed to secure a seat for Fine Gael at the next election.
“Alongside my colleagues and most importantly the people in the constituency, I am delighted to be given the opportunity, if elected, to be a strong voice for communities in Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal.”