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GAA star Brennan joins FF but rules out election run

Niall O'Connor and Laura Larkin

Published 16/06/2015 | 02:30

Dubblin GAA player Ger Brennan says he is too busy to consider running in the next General Election
Dubblin GAA player Ger Brennan says he is too busy to consider running in the next General Election

Dublin GAA footballer Ger Brennan has joined Fianna Fáil and hasn't ruled out a future career in politics.

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The All Ireland medal winner has signed up to join his local Cumann on Dublin's north side, but insisted he is too busy to run in next year's General Election.

It was claimed Mr Brennan was being encouraged by party figures to put his name forward as a candidate in the Dublin Central constituency, the former stronghold of ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

"The larger picture is that you never know what the future holds but certainly in the next few years it's not my focus," he said.

Mr Brennan said he and his family have always voted Fianna Fail and that he's looking to get involved on a local level.

"If you were to follow me around in my life for a couple of days you'd see how busy it is in terms of work and sports," he said when asked about contesting next year's election.

"I'd rarely get 10 minutes for myself so there wouldn't be a chance of me doing that."

The school teacher gained prominence during the Marriage Equality referendum, after he publicly called for a No vote.

Mr Brennan claimed that he was reluctant to publicly adopt such a stance for fear of being targeted but that he did so because he was concerned a Yes vote would negatively impact on children.

Fianna Fáil sources last night said Mr Brennan has been encouraged by members in Dublin Central to consider contesting the General Election.

However Mr Brennan said that "stuff is certainly fabrication". "I suppose I can certainly guess why people might assume that, but certainly nobody has asked me, it's only my own interest," he continued.

"For me it would be the north central area where I would look to get involved and try to help them out there.

"I don't know what they are trying to do really but I have a general interest

"Certainly if I had the time I would be supporting whatever they would be doing. But sometimes I have no idea what I'm doing from one week to the next - football definitely dictates my life.

"If they do put a candidate forward, I certainly would look to help them."

The party has had no TD in the constituency since 2011. Former councillor Mary Fitzpatrick is expected to contest the selection convention, along with councillor David Costello.


Party activist and former local election candidate Lorraine Clifford is also believed to be interested.

One senior party source last night said Brennan would appeal to younger voters which Fianna Fáil is struggling to connect with.

"The question will be whether Ger wants to test his reputation on the political stage," the source said.

Despite former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's departure from politics, his supporters still hold significant clout in Dublin Central.

Tensions remain between Mr Ahern's supporters and Mary Fitzpatrick, who missed out on a European Parliament seat in last year's elections.

Irish Independent

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