Irwin pulls out of election race for Renua over health concerns
Jack and Jill Foundation founder Jonathan Irwin has withdrawn his candidacy as a Renua general election candidate for health reasons.
Mr Irwin said that despite months of medical treatment his doctors warned him against running in the upcoming election.
Mr Irwin is the second Renua candidate to pull out of the election within a week, after the departure of Cllr James Charity in Galway West.
Mr Irwin was planning to represent Lucinda Creighton's party in the Kildare South constituency.
"My doctor tells me that the paralysis in my right leg post my successful cancer treatment, bringing with it a certain amount of pain and lack of balance, is irreversible, therefore severely restricting my mobility," he said.
He added: "As a 74-year-old broken-down old horse dealer, I must use the time and mobility I have to best effect and in particular to fight the Government every step of the way to prevent them locking up sick children for the next 100 years within the St James Campus."
Mr Irwin thanked Ms Creighton and his Renua colleagues for believing in him.