Monday 26 September 2016

TD Frank Feighan will not contest next general election

Published 13/07/2015 | 19:10

Frank Feighan
Frank Feighan

Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has announced he will not contest the next general election.

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Mr Feighan, who faced an uphill battle getting re-elected after the controversy surrounding the closure of the emergency department in Roscommon Hospital, said he had not taken the decision lightly.

“This is a personal decision which is one I have not taken lightly but one I feel is taken in the best interest of my party and my constituency,” he said.

“Since my re-election in Roscommon/South Leitrim more than fours years ago I'm honoured to have played my part as a member of the Government which has restored our nation’s sovereignty. 

He added: “Roscommon Hospital will always be associated with my name. And I'll always take pride in the fact that not only is Roscommon Hospital safer, but has a long term future with a €20m investment plan taking  place there.

Mr Feighan said he worked hard for his constituents and always tried to be “honourable and decent” .

“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me throughout my political career,” he added.

“My work as a TD continues.  I will continue to fulfil my mandate as the local Fine Gael TD right up until Polling Day, whenever that may be, with energy and pride.”

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