Tuesday 24 April 2018

Fine Gael opts for two candidate strategy in Wicklow/East Carlow

Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD
Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow Andrew Doyle

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Fine Gael is to opt for a two candidate strategy in one of it's stronghold constituencies of Wicklow/East Carlow.

The party tonight selected sitting TDs Andrew Doyle and junior finance minister Simon Harris for it's General Election ticket.

Fine Gael returned three TDs in the last General Election but 

Billy Timmins lost the whip after voting against the Government over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy legislation.

He later joined the Renua party and has been appointed finance spokesperson by leader Lucinda Creighton.

But Fine Gael is opting for a two candidate strategy in a constituency that has five seats on offer.

Both Mr Harris and Mr Doyle are widely expected to be returned having carved out strongholds in the North and South of the constituency respectively.

Mr Harris is based in Greystones/Bray while Mr Doyle is based in Wicklow town/Roundwood.

There had been speculation that Wicklow town based-councillor Irene Winters would contest convention but she decided against doing so and is supporting both candidates.

The other sitting TDs are Anne Ferris (Labour Party), Stephen Donnelly (Independent), And Mr Timmins.

Mr Donnelly has been linked to the formation of a new party but has yet to provide any details on its progress.

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