Labour's Lynch to contest election
Labour Party stalwart Kathleen Lynch has announced her intention to run in the general election - bringing to an end days of speculation about her political future.
Ms Lynch sparked confusion about her plans to run after she missed the deadline to contest the selection convention in Cork North Central.
But the junior health minister said last night she wanted to wait until she had held discussions with senior party figures about issues in her department.
"Before I formally declared my candidacy, I was anxious to discuss issues in relation to my own areas of interest, and to do that I needed to speak to both Joan Burton and Brendan Howlin, which I have done over the weekend," Ms Lynch said.
"I have been privileged to serve the people of Cork as their public representative for over 20 years and I hope to continue to be their representative for some years yet."
The convention is on Thursday. She is the only candidate to go before delegates.