Friday 19 January 2018

Mayo GAA star in talks to replace Enda Kenny on the Fine Gael ticket

Alan Dillon. Photo: Sportsfile
Alan Dillon. Photo: Sportsfile
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

FINE Gael is in talks with two-time GAA All-Star Alan Dillon about replacing ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the party ticket.

The Mayo man, who announced his retirement from inter-county football this week, confirmed he has been approached by the party.

Dillon (35) told the ‘Mayo News’: “I am interested in getting involved with Fine Gael, certainly. It is not for me to decide whether that is in the next general election or not. That is up to the party.”

Dillon said there were others who had served the party in Mayo might feel they deserve a chance ahead of him, but added: “If the members were in favour, I would be interested. It is a big opportunity.”

Meanwhile, former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has said she expects to be added to the party ticket – despite being defeated at this week’s selection convention.

Ms Hanafin and councillor Kate Feeney lost out to Cormac Devlin.

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny

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