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Thursday 17 April 2014

Kenny Egan refuses to rule out running for the Dail

Olympic boxer and Fine Gael local election candidate Kenneth Egan has refused to rule out the prospect of running for the Dail.`

Egan was today formally unveiled by Fine Gael as a candidate for the South Dublin County Council election in May.

The silver medallist said he has some "horror stories" to tell in relation to his previous addiction problems and that he intends to the use campaign to warn young people about the dangers of alcohol.

The 32-year-old said that he is intends to "knock on doors" and that his high profile will not be used to get elected.

"I'm going to be like any other candidate. I'm going to have to go out and canvass. Of course I am. I'm going to give it everything I have. I'm going to go out and knock on doors and talk to these people - Let them know that I am there," he said.

"I'm not going to just hope that my name gets me over the line. That's just not going to happen," he added.

Egan admitted that he has "made mistakes" in the past but he intends to use his experience to help young people.

10/02/14 Former Olympic boxer, Kenneth Egan pictured with Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin this afternoon where he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael in the forthcoming local elections.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
10/02/14 Former Olympic boxer, Kenneth Egan pictured with Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin this afternoon where he declared his intention to run for Fine Gael in the forthcoming local elections.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

"I've made lots of mistakes in my day. I know I have. I've been upfront and honest about that. One thing I am is honest in everything I do. There's not going to be any skeletons in the closest, you know.

"If I can help youth in my local area, that's all I ask of myself. I'll be honest with them, I'll tell them my stories and I have some horror stories.

I think that's what the youth of this community need to hear. It's not all rosy, there's a time and a place to pick up your first drink, for me obviously I was 13 and 14 when I started. We need to start educating kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs."

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