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Kenny Egan

Kenny Egan

Robbie Reynolds

Kenny Egan

OLYMPIC boxer Kenny Egan has admitted that he is torn between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail as he prepares to formally declare as a local election candidate.

The silver medallist has now been formally approached by both parties and is expected to announce his intentions on Monday. In an extraordinary turn of events, Fianna Fail approached Egan this week in a bid to undercut their main political rivals.

He had previously indicated his intentions to run for Fine Gael for South Dublin County Council after being offered a place on the ticket by Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

However Egan last night claimed that running for Fine Gael is no longer a "done deal" as senior Fianna Fail strategists predicted that the 32-year-old would snub Ms Fitzgerald's offer.

"[I've] not signed anything yet ... one more thing needs to be done before I say yes to either party," Egan told the Irish Independent, without elaborating further. He later tweeted that he needs advice in relation to his potential career in politics.

"It's ben [sic] a long week so far, my head is spinning like a washing machine. Some one please guide me," he wrote.

Ms Fitzgerald last night refused to accept the prospect of a Fianna Fail swoop for Egan.

"Are they saying that tonight? Are they? Well let's just wait and see is what I say," she told the Irish Independent.

A senior Fianna Fail strategist said that the party's approach to Kenny "may be the game changer".

"Mark my words, this is now a two horse race and we feel we are in front.

"If Fine Gael think they have Kenny on board, they're mistaken," the source said.

Irish Independent