Saturday 20 January 2018

FG's McGinley to step down ahead of election

Fine Gael veteran Dinny McGinley is retiring
Fine Gael veteran Dinny McGinley is retiring

Fine Gael stalwart Dinny McGinley will retire from politics ahead of the general election.

Mr McGinley, who was a junior minister for the Gaeltacht, said he was "under pressure" to stand again but decided against running.

"A year ago, I said that I did not intend to be a candidate in the next election. And, although the decision has been made for almost a year, I came under pressure recently from the constituency, from all parts of the constituency, and from Dublin as well, to reconsider," the Donegal TD said.

He added: "I had the opportunity to discuss it with the secretary general, the director of elections, and the Taoiseach himself at the party think-in.

"I informed them that I did not intend to go back on the decision I made a year ago."

Fine Gael will now select another candidate to run alongside the current Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, in the five-seat Donegal constituency.

Irish Independent

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