Mr Tim Cowhig, who is an accountant by profession, is set to take the nomination for Fine Gael in Cork South West. The Bandon native has had a very successful career in the renewable energy sector. Backed by current Fine Gael TD, Mr Jim O Keffee, Mr Cowhig has topped a private party opinion poll. It's bad news for current Mayor of Cork County Council, Mr Jim Daly, who is trailing badly in third place. Daly packed in the teaching job to pursue a career in politics and may yet regret the decision. The party selection process takes place on Friday night in Dunmanaway.