LABOUR Party stalwart Kathleen Lynch has announced her intentions to run in the General Election – bringing to an end days of speculation about her political future.
Ms Lynch sparked confusion about her plans to run after she missed the deadline to contest the selection convention in her constituency of Cork North Central.
But in a statement this evening, the junior health minister said she wanted to wait until holding discussions with senior party figures about issues pertaining her department.
“Before I formally declared my candidacy, I was anxious to discuss issues in relation to my own areas of interest, and to do that I needed to speak to both Joan Burton and Brendan Howlin, which I have done over the weekend,” Ms Lynch said.
“Unfortunately because of diary clashes, it proved impossible to have those conversations before Friday, which meant that I have not been in a position to confirm my candidacy until today.
“I have been privileged to serve the people of Cork as their public representative for over 20 years, and I hope to continue to be their representative in Dail Eireann for some years yet.”
The selection convention takes place on Thursday. Ms Lynch is the only candidate whose name will go before delegates.