Thursday 14 December 2017

Renua loses its fifth election candidate in six months

Desmond Hayes
Desmond Hayes
John Downing

John Downing

Lucinda Creighton's new political party, Renua Ireland, has lost its fifth General Election candidate inside of six months.

Party officials have confirmed that their Limerick City candidate, accountant and tax consultant Desmond J Hayes (pictured inset), had withdrawn from the contest "for personal reasons".

Mr Hayes, who could not be contacted for comment, was cited on the Revenue Commissioners' tax defaulters list published last month as having been fined €1,250.

The fine related to his failure to file tax returns and he told reporters he would be appealing.

It is understood Mr Hayes's decision to withdraw followed talks involving the party's ethics officer Karl Deeter. In the May 2014 local elections, he polled 334 first preferences as an Independent.

Mr Hayes is the fifth candidate Renua has lost since its launch last March.

Last month its Cavan-Monaghan contender Mary Smith withdrew after controversial comments she made about the Pope and the Vatican.

In October, Wexford candidate Shane Dunphy, who is an expert on child welfare, withdrew from the election.

In August, the founder of the children's charity, the Jack and Jill Foundation, Jonathan Irwin, announced he was withdrawing from Kildare South for health reasons. And in July, the Galway West candidate, councillor James Charity, quit the party to run for the Dáil as an Independent.

Irish Independent

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