Failed General Election candidate, Sinn Fein's Kathryn Reilly has missed out on earning a second subsequent nomination from the party to stand for election to the Seanad's Industrial and Commercial Panel.
Sen O'Reilly, who leaves the role at the end of April, told The Anglo-Celt: “As I said at the time, I would do what was best for the party in terms of its strategic objectives. Pádraig is now a former TD, they informed me of their decision on Friday and I'm happy with that. I am still obviously a member of the party. We will see what the future holds,” Sen O'Reilly said.
The youngest Senator ever elected to the upper house, she is set to be replaced as a nominee by outgoing Donegal TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.
A degree in Economics from Dublin City University, and a Masters in European Economic and Public Affairs from University College Dublin, Sen O'Reilly has in the past worked as a parliamentary assistant to former Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan.
Vocal on matters of youth affairs, in particular on youth unemployment, its expected she will remain a Sinn Fein member going forward, with the possibility of her taking up a role within the party in the future.
Today (Monday 21) was the closing date for nominations to the vocational panels.
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