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Friday 1 August 2014

PAC chair McGuinness rules out run for Europe

Niall O’Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 27/01/2014|23:57

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Chair of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

PROMINENT Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness has turned down an approach by senior party figures to run for Europe.

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The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been asked to consider running in the newly drawn Ireland South constituency in May's elections. However, Mr McGuinness (left) has turned down the approach.

Senior party figures insisted Mr McGuinness would be the “ideal candidate” given his recent strong performances as chairman of the high-powered PAC. While the Carlow/ Kilkenny TD has been mooted as a potential candidate for several months, the Irish Independent understands that he was formally approached in recent days. He has been asked to run alongside MEP Brian Crowley.

But Mr McGuinness has pointed to his large workload as PAC chairman as a key reason against him running for Europe.

“He doesn't want to run, it's as simple as that. In fact, he feels some people in the party want to ship him off to Europe,” said a senior party source.

Mr McGuinness did not respond to calls last night.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent has learned that former FF TD Donie Cassidy has put his name forward to run in the four seater Midlands-North West constituency.

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