Current, Labour Senator, Michael McCarthy, faces stiff opposition in Clonakilty on Thursday night at the parties election convention. Two other candidates are also up for nomination Brendan Leahy and Gearoid Buckley. A former student President of CIT and current town Cllr of Bandon, Mr Buckley is leading the charge. There's no love lost between McCarthy and Leahy who fell out in spectacular style over an election pact at County Council level a number of years ago. Despite claiming a 9% first preference vote in the last election, many constituents feel McCarthy has went on the missing list for the last three years and Buckley is a better bet.