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Saturday 20 September 2014

'Fine Gael are probably using me' - Kenny Egan gives rambling radio interview as he begins election campaign

Published 12/02/2014 | 17:32

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Kenny Egan at the launch of his campaign

OLYMPIC silver medallist Kenny Egan has given a rambling radio interview as he begins his local election campaign.

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The former boxer was speaking to Niall Boylan on 4FM today.

The Silver medal winner was selected by Fine Gael to run in the local elections for south Dublin county Council.

Boylan has described the rambling ten minute interview as "one of the strangest interviews I have ever been involved in".

When asked by Boylan what his views on controversial issues such as the property tax and water charges are, Egan said he wasn’t ready to give his position yet as he hadn’t started canvassing.

“I’m not going canvassing any time soon, this is all new to me - I’ll be well up on all that type of stuff when I start canvassing” he said.

When asked what motivated him to run for Fine Gael ahead of other parties he said: “They were the only party that approached me”.

He denied media reports that Fianna Fail has attempted to woo him onto their local election ticket.

Boylan also quizzed him on his view on gay marriage, a topic which Egan seemed uncomfortable with as his response was punctuated with long silences.

“Look.... to be honest with you, I’m not going to actually comment on that at the moment..... Hmmm... yes.... (laughs)... no I’m not (commenting).

“Look, I’ve no problem taking your call, but the fact I’m going to be working in local political I’m going to be working on local issues”.

Boylan continued to press him on the issue - reminding him of his pledge to help young people – and quizzed him about what he would do to help a young LGBT person.

“They’re exactly the type of things I’m going to address.”

He was then again asked again would he support marriage equality: “I’m for, or course. Of course I’m for it.

The presenter then suggested to him that Fine Gael could be exploiting him by using his celebrity status to win votes.

“They probably are I don’t know what their motives are. I’m just hoping to help my local area.”

Before closing the interview, Egan was asked whether he went to counselling for his porn addiction.

“I didn’t no. It’s gone. I’m currently in AA the last three and a half years, and I’m happy in myself and have piece of mind.”

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