Nolan to step down at General Election
Fianna Fail TD MJ Nolan joined the exodus from the party last night as he announced his retirement at the next General Election.
Mr Nolan (pictured) has repeatedly and vehemently denied speculation over the past few months that he was standing down, but has now confirmed his decision.
The Carlow-Kilkenny TD's seat is under immense pressure and he was upset at not being made a junior minister by Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
"I have worked for 37 years as a public representative at local and national levels. Next month, I turn 60 and I believe the time is right for me to step down," he said last night.
Fianna Fail holds three seats in the constituency and Mr Nolan was being targeted by Fine Gael and the Labour Party. He may be replaced on the party ticket by Carlow councillor Jennifer Murnane-O'Connor.
Mr Nolan joined Dermot Ahern, Rory O'Hanlon and Sean Ardagh in announcing his retirement since the Green Party brought the election forward to early next year.