There have been two significant developments in the Kerry Seanad race. A veteran Fine Gael councillor has announced his intention to contest while a sitting Fianna Fáil Senator has confirmed he is to withdraw from the race. Fine Gael’s Jim Finucane is to contest the Seanad elections. The Kerry County Councillor from Tralee was nominated by the Educational Training Boards of Ireland to contest the Cultural and Education Panel. Mr Finucane is in his second term on Kerry County Council and previously held a seat on Tralee Urban District Council for 14 years. Meanwhile longstanding Fianna Fáil Senator and former county councillor Ned O’Sullivan this morning informed Radio Kerry News that he is to withdraw from the Seanad race. The Listowel native became a Senator in 2007. He worked as a teacher at primary and secondary level in Dublin, Offaly and Kerry before taking over his family’s menswear business in Listowel. His colleague, Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly paid tribute to Ned O’Sullivan for the commitment he has shown in public life. Sitting Kerry senators, Paul Coghlan and Tom Sheahan of Fine Gael, Mark Daly of Fianna Fáil and Labour’s Marie Moloney – have all put their names forward. Fianna Fáil county councillors Niall Kelleher and Tom McEllistrim have also joined to Seanad race.