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Labour TD Eamonn Maloney bows out of race ahead of next general election

Published 29/07/2015 | 15:02

Labour TD Eamonn Maloney
Labour TD Eamonn Maloney

Another Labour Party TD has bowed out of the race ahead of the next general election.

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Dublin South West TD Eamonn Maloney today announced he will not contest his seat when the country goes to the polls.

He is the seventh Labour TD to rule out fighting for his seat in the general election.

Mr Maloney’s announcement follows the decision of his constituency colleague, former Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, to also step down.

Labour will now have no serving TDs running for the party in Dublin South West.

Instead the party will run South Dublin County Councillors Pamela Kearns and Mick Duff.

Mr Rabbitte will act as the party’s local director of elections in the constituency.

Speaking on his decision not to run, Mr Maloney said it was a “privilege” to serve his constituency during his four and a half years as a TD.

“Dublin South West is in a far better position than it was in 2011. Jobs are being created, not lost, while living standards are improving. Young people are staying to work in Ireland and not emigrating,” he said.

Tanaiste Joan Burton also praised Mr Maloney and thanked him for the support he had given her as party leader.

"I would like to pay tribute to Eamonn Maloney for all his work for the people of Dublin South West over many years,” Ms Burton said.

“He has served both in local government, as Mayor of South Dublin County Council, and in Dail Éireann.

In particular, he was extremely prominent in the campaign to retain children's services in Tallaght Hospital, and has always made local services for local people central to his work. I also want to thank him for the support he has given to me as Leader of the Labour Party."

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