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Tuesday 17 January 2017

Gogarty goes it alone in political comeback

Published 03/03/2014 | 09:53

Paul Gogarty
Paul Gogarty

A FORMER Green Party TD who lost his seat at the last general election has declared as an independent candidate in the upcoming local elections.

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Paul Gogarty, who says his former party has "lost its way", is to contest the Lucan electoral ward in Dublin and faces the prospect of sharing a council chamber with Olympic medallist Kenneth Egan.

He is the latest former government figure to attempt a political comeback, three years after losing his seat as part of the Green Party's general election wipe-out.

Speaking to the Herald about his decision to return, Mr Gogarty said: "I do have name recognition and people know who I am but that shouldn't be used to presume you will get elected.

"Running as an independent is a double-edged sword. You have your independence and you are out on your own but you don't have the party backing.

"However, I don't believe the Green Party is going in the right direction. It lost its way a bit and I now believe I can get elected by showing people I can connect with them."

Mr Gogarty raised eyebrows by trying to launch a music career after he lost his seat in the Dublin Mid-West constituency.

He became notorious in 2009 after an extraordinary outburst in the Dail chamber in which he roared an expletive at Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg.

"F*** you Deputy Stagg, f*** you," he said.

Mr Gogarty added that he intends to launch his campaign at the end of April, but it will be a low-key affair.

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