Friday 21 July 2017

Dev grandson Ruairi running as an Independent

Brendan Furlong and Michael Brennan

Ruairi de Valera is running as an Independent in the Wexford constituency rather than for the party that his grandfather founded in 1926.

He stressed yesterday that he had no party affiliations and had voted for various parties over the years.

"I probably haven't a snowball's chance but I have to try or I will regret it for the rest of my life. If I make an eejit of myself, I will regret it for just a few weeks," he said.

Mr de Valera is originally from Donnybrook in Dublin, and is a son of the late Ruaidhri de Valera.

After the death of his mother Eithne, he moved to Davidstown, near Enniscorthy, to restore Rossdroit House 12 years ago. He was one of the last election candidates to register when nominations closed yesterday. But he said it was not a last-minute decision.

It means that there will be two grandsons of President de Valera running in this election -- the other being Fianna Fail's Eamon O Cuiv in Galway West.

Mr De Valera said he would not be putting up posters or canvassing door to door... However, he intends to carry his campaign on the internet through Facebook and his own website, as well as making himself available to meet people in towns and at markets.

He will be running in a five- seater where the two sitting Fianna Fail TDs -- Sean Connick and John Browne -- are under pressure to hold onto their seats. Fine Gael, which has two sitting TDs, Michael Darcy and Paul Kehoe, and Labour, represented by Brendan Howlin, are both pushing to make gains.

Mr de Valera said his platform includes a plan to improve the economy through exports, energy policy and tourism.

Irish Independent

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