Fine Gael has announced it is putting forward 13 candidates for the Seanad elections who have been nominated by the party.

Former TDs who lost their seats in the recent election - Tom Neville, Michael D'arcy and Noel Rock - have been put forward. However, Kate O'Connell, who also lost her seat, has not been included on the list. 

Other candidates nominated who had stood unsuccessfully in the general election are Emer Currie, John McGahon, Aisling Dolan, John Paul O'Shea and Garret Ahearn. 

Fine Gael has also put forward current Senators Joe O'Reilly and Jerry Buttimer.

Councillors on the nomination list for the party are former Mayor of Waterford John Cummins, Michael Carrigy and Sharon Tolan.

There are also a number of candidates already nominated by outside bodies for the election which will take place at the end of March, including former TD Sean Kyne and former senators Catherine Noone and Gabrielle McFadden.