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Monday 22 January 2018

No-nonsense auctioneer with politics in the blood


Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

JOHN V Farrelly's career in the Dail was brought to a halt by the 'Navan man' vote.

He had contested eight general elections for Fine Gael since first being elected to represent Meath in 1981 -- and won six of them.

But he was defeated in 2002 when a young Navan-based party rival, Damien English, ran alongside him and former taoiseach John Bruton.

According to a local political source, Navan was desperate to have its own TD and the town voted en masse for Mr English.

Mr Farrelly, whose base was in the north of the constituency, lost his seat and never got the chance to run again.

That was because Mr English strengthened his position in the constituency and current Fine Gael junior minister Shane McEntee won the 2005 by-election caused by the resignation of John Bruton.

Mr Farrelly and Mr Bruton are said to have got on well, with Mr Farrelly often looking for the latter's surplus vote to get elected.

He is described as a no-nonsense, hardworking politician who has more than 35 years' experience as a member of Meath County Council.

He followed in the footsteps of his father Denis, both professionally and politically. Denis was an auctioneer and served as a Fine Gael TD for Meath for eight years and as a Senator.

His son John V became an auctioneer and served in the Dail. He also had four years in the Seanad after losing his seat to a Labour candidate in 1992.

Mr Farrelly works as an auctioneer with the DNG Royal County firm in Navan.

But as a result of a failed property investment, he now owes €853,463 in respect of a €3.5m loan taken out from National Irish Bank.

Irish Independent

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