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Mary Coughlan wins election – as secretary of GAA club

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan

Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has been re-elected to a new position – secretary of her local GAA club.

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The Donegal native was last week elected secretary of Naomh Naille (St Naul's).

"I wasn't appointed, I was elected," said the former Fianna Fail TD.

She then added that it was "not a big deal."

The Fianna Fail heavyweight lost her Dail seat in 2011 after 24 years representing the constituency of Donegal South-West.

She had previously told how she missed political life and didn't rule out the possibility of a return to public life. Yesterday she was coy when asked if she was planning a return in the next general election.

"It's not something I'm saying anything about," she answered.

For the last three years she has remained out of the political spotlight but did admit before Christmas that she missed politics.

"I do miss political life, and I do miss political representation," she said.

Ms Coughlan was one of the most high-profile TDs to lose their seats in the Fianna Fail landslide of 2011.

Her husband David Charlton died in 2012.

Irish Independent

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