The next Taoiseach will be allowed to nominate eleven people, while other nominees will have be elected to the various panels of the Seanad.
Sitting Kerry senators, Paul Coghlan and Tom Sheahan of Fine Gael, Mark Daly and Ned O’Sullivan of Fianna Fáil and Labour’s Marie Moloney – have all confirmed they are putting their names forward.
Meanwhile Fianna Fáil county councillor Niall Kelleher confirmed he has been nominated by PIBA – the Professional Insurance Brokers’ Association – and endorsed by the Vintners’ Association for the Industrial & Commercial Panel.
Former North Kerry Labour TD Arthur Spring told Radio Kerry News that he wasn’t “ruling anything in or out” in relation to the Seanad.
Fine Gael’s Jimmy Deenihan – who served in the Seanad prior to his election to Kerry County Council and subsequently Dáil Éireann – ruled out a run for the Seanad.