Wednesday 28 September 2016

FG man in dogfight with Labour for seat

Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30

Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe
Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe admits that he is in an electoral dogfight with Labour's Joe Costello in Dublin Central.

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With one seat gone due to boundary changes, Sinn Féin doing well, Fianna Fáil trying to regain Bertie Ahern's old seat and Independents traditionally finding favour in the constituency, Mr Donohoe could be one of the most high-profile casualties of the forthcoming General Election.

"Of course it's going to be difficult for me to get re-elected," he accepts. "But the constituency I live in is my home, it's the constituency I try to represent in different ways since 2004. I'm going to give it everything to get elected."

The father of two says he will ask his voters to give their number two to Mr Costello.

"Our names have been on the same ballot papers and we've gone through tough election campaigns as opponents and that will continue to be the case in the next election - but we do have a good relationship," he said.

"I know, because I've been there, that on election day there are more losers than there are winners. I aim to win and I'm going to do all I can to make that happen."

Irish Independent

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