Thursday 22 February 2018

Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has not ruled out return to politics

Barry Whyte

FORMER Tanaiste Mary Coughlan has not ruled out a return to politics.

Ms Coughlan has remained out of the limelight since she lost her seat in the General Election in February 2011.

At that time, she was the biggest name to lose their seat in Fianna Fail’s general election meltdown.

In the past 3 years the former Fianna Fail representative has stayed out of politics.

Her husband, David, passed away in September 2012 after a short illness.

A few months after his death, it was believed that Ms Coughlan had told close friends that she had no intention of returning to politics.

Speaking for the first time today, at a meeting aimed at encouraging women to get involved in politics in Letterkenny, Ms Coughlan didn’t rule out a return.

“I still have politics in my blood, and I am still involved in the party locally and at grassroots level,” she said.

The former Donegal South-West TD, who is from a well-known political dynasty, did concede she missed politics.

“I do miss political life, and I do miss political representation,” she said.

“Although a lot has changed over the past three or so years, that still doesn’t mean I don’t still have a keen interest in politics”.

When Ms Coughlan was asked if she would ever consider running again for election, she didn’t rule it out.

“I’ll neither rule anything out nor in at this stage in my life,” she said.

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