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Thursday 28 August 2014

Row brewing over fifth FG candidate

Alison Comyn

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:28

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Garrett O’Dowd

THERE IS disquiet in the Fine Gael camp in Drogheda at the news that Minister Fergus O'Dowd's son Garrett hopes to be added to the local ticket before the May elections.

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THERE IS disquiet in the Fine Gael camp in Drogheda at the news that Minister Fergus O'Dowd's son Garrett hopes to be added to the local ticket before the May elections.

The last minute addition has still to be confirmed by the party executive council, however, if it gets the go-ahead, there are concerns it would split the party vote.

'Five candidates for Drogheda is ludicrous and has the potential to damage Fine Gael,' a source close to the local party told the Drogheda Independent.

'No one is very impressed with this if it happens and it would be clear that five candidates for this area would split the vote too much.'

Speaking from Germany, where he is on a State visit for St. Patrick's Day, Minister O'Dowd confirmed his youngest son's name would be put forward for consideration by the party, but time constraints prevented him from commenting further.

A former student of Blackrock College and UCD, 27-year-old Garrett was working for Abu Dhabi Education Council Government Agency in United Arab Emirates until recently.

A veteran of working on his father's campaigns, in 2008 Garret worked in US President Barack Obama's campaign office in Alexandria city, Virginia, and also completed an internship with his uncle, Niall O'Dowd, editor of the Irish Voice.

Cllr. Anthony Donohoe will not be contesting his seat for Fine Gael in May, however Cllrs. Oliver Tully, Richie Culhane, Kevin Callan, and Garrett's uncle Micheal O'Dowd, will all be battling for election.

Drogheda Independent

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