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Enda Kenny's first director of elections joins Lucinda Creighton's Renua party

Published 27/07/2015 | 19:44

Leader Lucinda Creighton at the launch of Renua in Trinity College, Dublin, back in March. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Leader Lucinda Creighton at the launch of Renua in Trinity College, Dublin, back in March. Photo: Gerry Mooney

ENDA Kenny's first director of elections has joined Lucinda Creighton's Renua party.

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Frank Durcan was Mr Kenny's director of elections for the 1975 by-election which saw the Taoiseach successfully contest his late father Henry's Dail seat.

Mr Durcan also worked closely with Mr Kenny on other election campaigns until 1984 when he fell out the Taoiseach and quit the party.

Since then Mr Durcan has served as an Independent councillor on Mayo County Council.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Durcan said he joined Renua because he believes it is the only "credible political party".

He also paid tribute to his new party leader, Ms Creighton, who he described as "another Mary Robinson in the making".

"She has something that the rest of them don't. She has common morality and civic morality, and she is an able debater. She is educated and has proven herself in both Europe and Ireland," he said.

Mr Durcan said he was impressed by Ms Creighton's "very courageous" decision to step down as a minister and leave Fine Gael over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

"She walked away from a very substantial amount of money. It is not everyone that would have that type of courage. We don't have got enough people like Lucinda in Irish politics," he added.

Mr Durcan does not intend to run in the next general election but will serve as a Renua councillor on Mayo County Council.

He will also assist the party in finding a candidate to run against the Taoiseach.

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