Tuesday 21 November 2017

O'Donoghue vows to win back seat in next election

FORMER Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue yesterday revealed he intends to contest the next general election for Fianna Fail -- almost a year to the day after he spectacularly lost his seat, writes Majella O'Sullivan.

Mr O'Donoghue, who was forced to resign as Ceann Comhairle amid controversy surrounding his expenses claims, says he's the most experienced politician in the constituency.

He said the two Independent Kerry South TDs, Michael Healy-Rae and Tom Fleming, were "powerless" and had been reduced to the role of "spectators" in the Dail, whose "crowning moment so far had been to attend the opening of two hospitals which I built".

"You have tried the rest, now bring back the best," said Mr O'Donoghue.

Mr O'Donoghue was defiant in his contention that the expenses controversy was "behind me now".

"Despite an image that was portrayed in the national media . . . I think most people in this constituency who know me would be very well aware of the fact that I actually live very simply," he said.

Irish Independent

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