BREAKING: Penrose to contest election

Following months of speculation as to his election intentions, Labour's sitting TD in Longford/Westmeath Willie Penrose is set to run in the forthcoming general election.

In a press statement today, Labour confirmed it will host a selection convention for the constituency tomorrow (Tuesday) with Penrose the sole candidate.

The convention will be held in the Miltown Communith Hall, Rathconrath at 8pm.

Willie Penrose is the only candidate’s name to go before the convention.

Willie will be joined at the event by Labour Party Leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton and by Minister for Public Expenditure and reform, Brendan Howlin.

Penrose has topped the poll in the last three general elections. However, he had up to now refused to confirm whether he would run in the next election.