Fine Gael Senator, Frank Feighan, has announced that he will not now be seeking a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.
It comes a day after his fellow Fine Gael Senator, Maura Hopkins, declared she will be seeking a nomination from the party for the next general election. Senator Hopkins previously had cited uncertainty as to whether she would be seeking the nomination, but yesterday confirmed she would be putting her name forward after a period of rehabilitation following surgery on a back injury.
This evening, Senator Feighan explained: “Even though my home town of Boyle and my base of North Roscommon had moved into the new Sligo-Leitrim/South Donegal/North Roscommon constituency, I had been asked to consider putting my name forward for selection to contest the Roscommon/Galway constituency even though I didn’t reside there," he continued to say: "This was based on a number of factors, not least that I had been successful in two successive General Elections in the constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim and my extensive political experience as a Government politician who delivered for the region."
In withdrawing his name from the race, he justified his decision to to do so: “I have also said previously, that I would only consider putting my name forward for the Roscommon/Galway selection convention to assist the party in the absence of Fine Gael finding a suitable candidate. That position for me has now changed given Senator Maura Hopkins has officially declared her intention to secure a party nomination and I wish Maura all the best in her endeavours.”
It is highly unlikely now that there will be a contest at the Fine Gael convention which is due to take place in the coming weeks.
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