Former Senator for the Diaspora will contest the election for a seat on the Industrial and Commercial Panel

Former Senator Billy Lawless has this morning confirmed that he intends to be an independent candidate in the forthcoming Seanad Bye-election to be held in April. He is seeking a nomination to run on the Industrial and Commercial Panel in the Upper House, following the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elisha McCallion in October 2020.

Speaking from his home in Galway, Mr. Lawless outlined his qualifications and experience for the role. “My many years’ experience as a successful businessman in the hospitality sector in Galway and my adopted city of Chicago signifies my appetite for hard work.

The former Taoiseach’s nominee said that “My business career in the US led to my role as an advocate for the Irish community there and I was honoured to be their voice in the Irish parliament from 2016 – 2020”.

He noted the current struggles for the hospitality sector in Ireland: “ I am uniquely placed to speak up for the sector, its thousands of owners and employees and its importance to Ireland as a global brand”.

In addition, he vowed to “continue to work tirelessly for the Irish abroad as I have done for decades. My network of contacts in Irish and US politics will ensure that issues important to our Diaspora will remain a high priority if I am elected to Seanad Éireann”