Senator Maura Hopkins has confirmed she will be seeking the Fine Gael nomination to run in Roscommon-Galway at the next General Election. The Senator, who is originally from Ballaghaderreen in West Roscommon, is a former County Councillor.
Senator Hopkins was elected to Roscommon County Council in May 2014 and contested Roscommon-South Leitrim By-Election less than 6-months later, she was unsuccessful in that attempt to be elected to Dáil Eireann. In 2016, she contested that year's general election in the newly formed Roscommon-Galway constituency, again she was unsuccessful, but finished closely behind the Fianna Fail candidate, Eugene Murphy.
Senator Hopkins claims recent health difficulties have prevented her from confirming her intention to run until this week. It is understood that she had surgery to rectify a back injury before Christmas and now, after a period of rehabilitation, she is fully recovered and fully focused on her work.
Roscommon-Galway is the only constituency in which Fine Gael has not yet determined its candidates for the next election. It is now likely that a selection convention will be held in the coming weeks to chose a candidate.
Senator Frank Feighan, who is a former two-term TD in Roscommon, has previously indicated his intention to also seek a nomination to run in the area. He decided not to contest the 2016 General Election, despite being the incumbent Fine Gael TD, following controversy over him supporting the Government in relation to the downgrading of Roscommon Accident & Emergency Department.
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