'Vindicated' Feighan wants to run in the next election
Fine Gael senator Frank Feighan wants to run in the next general election after declaring himself "vindicated" on the issue of Roscommon Hospital.
Having been a TD for nine years, he decided not to put his name forward last year amid a local backlash over the closure of the hospital's 24-hour emergency service. But he now says he was right to back the move because "more and more people are beginning to appreciate the good work which is happening at the hospital and that is one of the reasons why I feel re-energised politically".
Fine Gael ran Maura Hopkins in last year's election but she finished fourth in the three-seat constituency of Roscommon-Galway.