Wednesday 7 December 2016

Councillor (85) to run for a Dáil seat

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

Ian McGarvey. Photo: Declan Doherty
Ian McGarvey. Photo: Declan Doherty

Ireland's oldest politician is set to run for a seat in the Dáil. Independent councillor Ian McGarvey (85) will be fighting his fourth General Election in the five-seat Donegal constituency.

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Mr McGarvey, who will be 86 in July, says he decided to stand after being persuaded by supporters both in his home area around Ramelton and across the county. He says pensioners have been 'squeezed out' by austerity and wants a national strategy to combat continued emigration by young people from Donegal.

"I'm looking forward to the election battle and I think I can win a seat," said Mr McGarvey.

Irish Independent

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