Amid speculation of an early general election, Aontú has selected Paul Lawless as they party's candidate in Mayo for the next election.

Aontú Mayo held its selection convention last night in Castlebar, where Knock native Paul Lawless was nominated unanimously.

Mr Lawless, a teacher at Ballyhaunis Community School, contested the local elections earlier this year, but was unsuccessful in getting elected to Mayo County Council.

Mr Lawless says he's contesting the general election he feels there's a need to provide a voice for rural Ireland.

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