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Labour TD Robert Dowds will not contest the general election

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 21/09/2015 | 12:01

Labour TD Robert Dowds
Labour TD Robert Dowds

Labour Party TD for Dublin Mid West Robert Dowds has announced his decision to step down ahead of the General Election.

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Mr Dowds told that he believes the party can only secure one seat in the constituency and that his Dáil colleague Joanna Tuffy is better placed.

“Fine Gael and Labour managed to elect four TDs last time which was a great achievement. I got a big vote in Clondalkin but I know people are still feeling sore. While we have got some of those voters back, we won’t be able to return two this time,” Mr Dowds said.

Mr Dowds was elected for the first time in 2011. A member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the school teacher was a vocal critic of the lavish pay and perks exposed at the Central Remedial Clinic.

He was also behind the proposal to rename the N7 flyover after murdered journalist Veronica Guerin. The proposal fell through after opposition was raised by a Sinn Féin councillor.

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