Renua loses second general election candidate in one week
Renua has lost its second candidate in the upcoming election, with Jonathan Irwin announcing his decision to stand down today.
Mr Irwin (74), who is CEO of the Jack and Jill Foundation, cited health reasons for his dropping out of the race.
"Despite months of medical treatment, my doctor tells me that the paralysis in my right leg post my successful cancer treatment, bringing with it a certain amount of pain and lack of balance, is irreversible, therefore severely restricting my mobility," he said.
"Therefore, it is with sadness but a good dose of common sense, that I must abandon my plan to run in the next general election as a Renua candidate for South Kildare."
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Mr Irwin said that he would now commit himself fully to advocating for children 'who make my disability look like the hiccups'.
The move will come as blow to Lucinda Creighton's Renua party, which lost Councillor James Charity from its election line up just last week.
Cllr Charity claimed he left the party because of their stance on water charges.
Mr Irwin thanked the party for their support for him, stating that he will now support them from the sidelines.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Lucinda and my Renua colleagues for believing in this old dog and in showing me some new tricks along the way," he said.
"I know that the party will do well, despite my absence as a candidate; although I will continue to cheerlead from the sideline."
A statement from Renua said that they were sad to see Mr Irwin go but that they hoped he would continue to support the party on the sidelines.