Labour TD for Longford/Westmeath Willie Penrose has confirmed that he will not contest the next general election.

It is understood that Alan Mangan, who was part of the Westmeath team that won the Leinster SFC in 2004, will be selected by the party at its convention tonight.

Deputy Penrose said it was a time for change in the party in the constituency.

He will have completed 35 years in public service next year and next October he will have completed 49 years in the Labour Party.

He said he was grateful for the support from the public and the people of Longford/Westmeath down through the years, and enjoyed every moment of his career in politics. 

Deputy Penrose narrowly regained his seat at the last election in the Longford/Westmeath constituency after a number of recounts