Alan Shatter: Fine Gael face 'enormous challenge' to secure two seats in Dublin Rathdown
Published 07/07/2015 | 18:29
Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter believes it will be an “enormous challenge” for Fine Gael to secure two seats in his constituency in the forthcoming general election.
Mr Shatter intends to put his name forward to contest the next election in the newly formed Dublin Rathdown constituency.
The new constituency will be a three seater opposed to the previous five seat Dublin South constituency Mr Shatter represented for almost 30 years.
“Having had the privilege of representing Dublin South in the Dail for over 29 years, I hope to be one of the Fine Gael TDs representing the new smaller Dublin Rathdown constituency after the next election,” Mr Shatter told Independent.ie.
“The first step of course is to be nominated. I have no doubt that it will be an enormous challenge for Fine Gael to win 2 seats but I am happy to take on that challenge,” he added.
Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell is expected to join Mr Shatter on the ticket and, if selected, they will face Labour Minister Alex White and Independent TDs Shane Ross and Peter Mathews.
Sinn Féin will run Sorcha Nic Cormaic, the Greens will run deputy leader Catherine Martin, and Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White is also selected to contest the election.