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Lynch: It won't be end of the world if I'm not re-elected

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Kathleen Lynch, Minister with special responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health, pictured during the official opening of Mount Carmel Community Hospital in Churchtown
Kathleen Lynch, Minister with special responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health, pictured during the official opening of Mount Carmel Community Hospital in Churchtown

Primary Care Minister Kathleen Lynch says it won't "be the end of the world" if she is not re-elected in the General Election.

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However, the veteran politician - who was nominated unopposed to contest the Cork North Central constituency for the Labour Party - warned critics not to write off her party after its hard-work since 2011 in rebuilding Ireland's shattered economy.

Her comments came as repeated polls indicated that Labour could face catastrophic losses nationwide in the general election.

The 62-year-old mother of four said the next general election will involve a difficult and challenging campaign for the Labour Party, but she has faith in the party's personnel and principles.

"What if I don't get elected? That is a choice for the people. I am very philosophical about these things," she said.

"I lost my seat in 1997. Two years later, my mother died. There was no comparison. There are things in life that affect you more deeply than others."

"In the fact I don't get elected? I would be disappointed - of course I would. I think I have done a reasonably good job. But would it be the end of the world for me? I don't think so."

"I have very good mental health. I know what is important. I know what is essential. I would have to tell you that if the people decide they don't want to elect me to be their representative, maybe it is because they will pick someone better?"

The former Workers Party and Democratic Left politician said she was "surprised" by the media focus on the convention.

She was first elected to the Dáil in a 1994 by-election and lost her seat in the 1997 general election but won it back in 2002, holding a Dail berth ever since.

Cork North Central has been a four seat constituency since 2007.

"It (the selection convention) is uncontested and that is why I was a bit thrown by the publicity around the nomination thing," she said. "I knew it was uncontested because I had checked. I did need to ensure that, with the upcoming budget, we (Labour officials) were all on the one page."

Irish Independent

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