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Thursday 22 February 2018

Kenny Egan brings his Olympic commitment to Fine Gael

Kenny Egan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kenny Egan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Niall O’Connor

OLYMPIC medallist Kenny Egan has been unveiled as Fine Gael’s latest candidate for the local elections and vowed to “keep it real”.

Mr Egan was unveiled as the party’s latest candidate at noon in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, near the Clondalkin Ward where the boxer will compete for a seat at South Dublin County Council.

The news means that an offer from Fianna Fail has been KO’d by the Olympic Silver medalist who has opted to run for Enda Kenny's party.

He has previously said he gave “serious consideration” to the Fianna Fail bid to recruit him.

“My motto is and always has been to ‘Keep it Real’ and I intend to follow this on my political journey.

“As with my sporting career, I have always aimed for success and if elected, I will bring the same energy to working for my community,” he said.

The Herald revealed that Egan had been approached by Fine Gael to stand for the May local elections.

‘I am delighted to be joining Fine Gael’s team for the upcoming local elections.

“I am running because I want to make a difference in my local community. I was born and bred in Clondalkin, and I am very committed to the area.

“I want to do the very best for Clondalkin, and I believe can achieve that with Fine Gael.

“I am looking forward to meeting as many local people as possible on the campaign trail in the coming weeks and months and hearing about the issues that matter to them most.

“I am also really pleased to be working alongside my running mate councillor Emer Higgins who already has a very strong reputation for delivering for the area,” Egan said.

It emerged at the weekend that the 32-year-old was due to announce his intentions on The Late Late Show on Friday. However, the interview was pulled by RTE due to fears that it would be open to accusations of bias.

RTE could have potentially been accused of providing an advantage to Mr Egan over the other candidates competing in Dublin's Clondalkin ward.

The Taoiseach is one of a number of senior government figures to throw their support for Mr Egan becoming a candidate, along with Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Fine Gael senator Eamonn Coghlan.

“I am delighted that Kenneth has decided to run for the Local Elections in Clondalkin,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“He has a proud record as an Olympic silver medallist for Ireland, which is an incredible sporting achievement. I know that Kenneth is very passionate and utterly committed to helping young people in the Clondalkin to achieve the very best they can.

“I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic addition to the Fine Gael team,” she added.

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