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Friday 26 May 2017

Independent TD slams 'ridiculous rumours' he will step down at General Election

Peter Mathews
Peter Mathews

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

An Independent TD has hit out at “ridiculous rumours” suggesting that he is to step down at the General Election.

Dublin-Rathdown deputy Peter Mathews today insisted that he will defend the seat he originally secured as a Fine Gael politician.

There has been growing speculation in political circles that Mr Mathews intended to step down and not contest the election.

The former banker was forced to release a statement in which he dismissed the suggestions.

"In response to these ridiculous rumours that I might not be running, I once again find that the focus on the upcoming election is being directed away from the real issues at hand - these including; the homeless and housing Emergency, Health Service crisis, our National water and sewerage infrastructure, the lack of funding in our Education sector and our Gardaí Service, and our National Pension Reserve Fund,” Mr Mathews said.

Myself, and my staff are currently working on two policies, which will see the cancellation of the €25bn promissory bonds, which will be redirected back into our economy for the benefit of the Irish people and also revising the effective Corporate Tax rates of Multinational Corporations.

I am running as an Independent TD in Dublin-Rathdown, in order to make this Ireland a Fairer Ireland, and truly represent the best interests of the Irish people."

The constituency, which will produce just three seats, is likely to return Independent TD Shane Ross.

Fine Gael is also looking to win at least one seat and is fielding sitting TD Alan Shatter and councillor Josepha Madigan.

Labour Party minister Alex White is also in the hunt for a seat but suggestions are he is facing an uphill battle. Fianna Fáil is running senator Mary White, while Sinn Fein’s candidate is Sorcha Nic Cormaic.

Nicola Curry, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011, is the AAA/PBP candidate.

Catherine Martin, the Green Party deputy leader, completes the field.

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