CASTLEBAR’S Paddy Burke has been elected to An Seanad for the sixth time.
He retained his seat on the agricultural panel on the 14th court earlier today.
A member of the Oireachtas since 1993, the 61-year-old Fine Gael representative was cathaoirlech of the 24th Seanad. He is a former member of Mayo County Council and Castlebar Town Council.
Senator Burke will be joined in office in the 25th Seanad by two new Mayo senators.
As widely predicted, Belmullet-based Sinn Féin Councillor Rose Conway-Walsh topped the poll on the agricultural panel while and her party colleague, Galway’s Trevor O’Clochartaigh, was re-elected following the distribution of her surplus.
Councillor Conway-Walsh’s election to the Oireachtas creates a vacancy on the West Mayo Municipal District of Mayo County Council.
Belmullet-based GP Dr. Keith Swanick became the first Fianna Fail senator elected last night when taking a seat on the cultural and education panel.