Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, topped the poll at the Fine Gael Selection Convention in Castlebar on Sunday night last.

While party headquarters did not release the full details of the ballot, Midwest West News understands the Ballina based Senator was ahead by two votes after the first count.

Senator Mulherin led the charge on Sunday night taking 256 votes

Westport based, Minister Michael Ring was second, receiving 254 votes.

While Castlebar based former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon received 193.

South Mayo based councillor, Patsy O’Brien lost out in the 4 candidate contest with 140 votes.

The party has decided to contest the 4- seater constituency of Mayo with a three candidate ticket.

At present it holds two of the 4 seats. Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny remains a Dail deputy but declared some time ago that he will not be contesting the next time round, while the second seat is held by the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring.

It would be considered highly unlikely that Fine Gael could do any better than retain 2 seats in this constituency, however, as a 5 seater constituency back in 2011,  the party managed to secure 4 of the 5 places.

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