Kenny in Glenties tonight for selection convention

Minister Mary Hanafin has signalled that By-Elections in Donegal and Dublin are unlikely to take place before the end of the year

Meanwhile, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny will be in Glenties this evening for the party's Donegal South West selection convention. Two candidates are seeking the nomination, County Councillors Martin Harley from Stranorlar and Barry O'Neill from Ballyshannon.

Cllr Barry O'Neill is now into his second term on the county council, and having limped over the line to take the final seat in 2004, he topped the poll last year, a sign that his support is growing.

Cllr Martin Harley is a newcomer to the council, but as a native of Frosses, he will argue his profile in the constituency stretches far beyond the Twin Towns. He is also well placed in relation to the extension of the constituency to take in an area from Raphoe to Lifford, and on to St Johnston.

Fine Gael's Local Government spokesperson Phil Hogan will chair the convention, but much of the focus will be on the party leader Enda Kenny, who'll be anxious to stress he hasn't suffered any long term damage as a result of the resignation last week of George Lee.