FINE Gael stalwart Dinny McGinley has announced his retirement from politics ahead of the forthcoming General Election.
Mr McGinley, who was Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht, said he was “under pressure” from his constituency to stand again but decided it was time to step down from national politics.
“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 told RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
He added: “I have given it serious consideration for the last few weeks. I had the opportunity to discuss it with the secretary general, the director of elections, and the Taoiseach himself at the party think-in in Limerick at the weekend. I informed them that I did not intend to go back on the decision I made a year ago.”
Fine Gael will run now select another candidate to run alongside the current Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh in the newly formed five seat Donegal constituency.