Taoiseach's Mayo colleague switches constituency after party bosses' request
A constituency colleague of Taoiseach Enda Kenny is switching constituency in a move that will come as a relief to the Fine Gael party.
John O'Mahony confirmed last night that he will move from Mayo to Galway ahead of the General Election.
Mr O'Mahony has been considering the move for several months after being requested to do so by party bosses.
Fine Gael were keen to ensure Mr O'Mahony switched constituencies given that the party currently has four sitting TDs in Mayo.
Mr O'Mahony himself joked this month that he was treated as a “movable feast” to ensure Fine Gael complies with gender quota rules.
The constituency is being reduced from a five to a four seater and all current Fine Gaels TDs intend to run.
These are Mr O'Mahony, Mr Kenny, Michelle Mulherin and Sports Minister Michael Ring.
In a statement, Mr O'Mahony said he took the decision following "extensive consultation with Fine Gael and beyond".
“I have worked hard to represent the interests of constituents throughout Mayo in the last two terms. The pitch for the next General Election has changed, however.
"The Mayo constituency has reduced from five seats to four and boundary changes mean that approximately 8,000 voters in south Mayo, where I have received considerable support in the past, will move into the Galway West constituency," he said.
“I believe I can provide strong and effective representation for the interests of constituents in the reshaped Galway West constituency, as my record shows I have done for Mayo," he added.