Following a meeting of Fianna Fáil’s National Constituencies Committee last night, the party have decided to included M/s Siobhán Ambrose and Mr Michael Smith (jnr) on the ticket for the forthcoming General Election, latter expected late this year or in the spring of 2016.
Both candidates had previously lost out to Councillor Jackie Cahill at the Tipperary selection convention, held at the end of May last, in the Anner Hotel, Thurles.
M/s Ambrose, a previous General Election candidate, is based in Clonmel in the south of the county, while Mr Smith is based in Nenagh, in the north of the county.
However in this upcoming General Election the new single constituency of Tipperary will return just five instead of six Dail Deputies; replacing the previous two x 3-seater constituency riding’s of North Tipperary and South Tipperary.
Given the size of this constituency and the now required 30% gender quota introduced for the first time, it was always a foregone conclusion that two extra names would be added to the ticket.
Presently Fianna Fáil have no TD’s in Co. Tipperary, although the present Tipperary South Independent Dáil Éireann representative, Deputy Mattie McGrath did defect from the Fianna Fáil party, prior to the last general election.
All nominated Tipperary Fianna Fáil candidates believe they can now reclaim two lost seats in this newest constituency.