While the Seanad might be accused of elitism by some, with only TDs and university graduates given the vote, farmers might recognise some familiar faces.

Tipperary vet and former Fine Gael TD candidate in the last election, Mary Newman Julian, received an outside nomination from the Veterinary Council of Ireland. Her sister is well-known former Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell, who lost her bid for re-election in Dublin Bay South.