A business woman in Castlebar has decided to seek a seat on the Seanad.
Ann Barrett, nee Staunton, is to contest as an Independent candidate one of the three seats on the NUI panel for the upcoming election to the lower house of the Oireachtas.
A mother and business person, Ann says she has recently decided to exercise her democratic right to be part of the Seanad.
She is encouraging graduates of NUI colleges that have a Seanad vote to register for that vote by this evening, if they have not already done so.
Ann has been telling Midwest News why she has decided to throw her hat in the ring for the first time