Two local candidates confirm intention to run in general election

Two local politicians have confirmed their intention to run in the next election.

Labour’s Liam van der Spek is to put his name forward for the party in what’s widely expected to be next month’s general election.

He ran unsuccessfully for the party in the Cavan-Belturbet area in May’s local elections.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy had already been selected in 2018 to run for the party at the next general election.

He had been chosen alongside former Cavan Councillor Pauline Tully.

However, as he subsequently contested the European election in May he will now face another party convention later this week.

Speaking on The Joe Finnegan Show, Matt Carthy denied he hadn’t been clear about his election intentions: