Former President of UCD Students’ Union, James Carroll, has been nominated by Fianna Fáil to contest a by-election to Seanad Éireann.
Carroll, 26, was elected to Louth County Council this Summer, elected on the first count to the Drogheda East electoral area.
Carroll served as President of UCD Students’ Union in 2005-06, after previously serving as Education Officer of the Union.
The seat in the Seanad has arisen on the Administrative Panel, following the death earlier this year of Senator Tony Kett. Unlike Seanad general elections, where members of all of Ireland’s local town and county councils can vote, voting in Seanad by-elections is only extended to members of the Dáil, meaning that Carroll’s appointment is all but guaranteed.
Carroll graduated from UCD with a Bachelors degree in Civil Law in 2007, and currently works as a parliamentary assistant to Margaret Conlon, Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan.
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