Former Minister of State Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is expected to return to the politics after a seat on Westmeath County Council became vacant.

The former Longford-Westmeath TD is set to replace his son, Jamie, who yesterday resigned his position on the council with immediate effect.

Mr Moran, who lost his seat almost two years ago, confirmed his candidacy was submitted yesterday evening.

Jamie Moran stated that he was leaving his council position "due to new work opportunities".

His father's nomination is set to be determined at a meeting of Westmeath County Council on 24 January.

He said while his co-option was not guaranteed, he expressed hope a "gentleman's agreement," which provided for an outgoing councillor to nominate their potential successor, would be adhered to.

Mr Moran refused to dismiss talk of running for the Dáil at the next general election, should his co-option be endorsed.

"I am ruling nothing in and nothing out," he said.

"First and foremost, I have to get back into the council and represent the people of Westmeath."

Mr Moran was elected to Westmeath County Council in 1999, but stepped down from the local authority after he was elected to the Dáil.