Taoiseach’s nominees to Seanad are..

The Irish Times breaking news reports the Toaiseach Bertie Ahern’s 11 nominees to the Seanad.. mostly former FF TDs.. but the story will be the nominee in the middle of the pack – journalist Eoghan Harris. Full list is Dan Boyle (Green Party); Martin Brady (FF); Ivor Callely (FF); Ciarán Cannon (PD); Maria Corrigan (FF); Deirdre de Burca (Green Party); John Ellis (FF); Eoghan Harris; Lisa McDonald (FF); Brian Ó’Domhnaill (FF); Fiona O’Malley (PD). Adds From the RTÉ report

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s News At One, Mr Harris said that his strong intervention backing the Taoiseach on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show in the days before the General Election may have been a factor in his appointment.

News at One here [RealPlayer audio file] He mentions it, but only as one potential factor, and he’s also calling for “a new definition of modern republicanism.”