TD Frank Feighan will not contest next general election
Roscommon/South Leitrim TD Frank Feighan has announced he will not contest the next general election.
Mr Feighan, who faced an uphill battle getting re-elected after the controversy surrounding the closure of the emergency department in Roscommon Hospital, said he had not taken the decision lightly.
“This is a personal decision which is one I have not taken lightly but one I feel is taken in the best interest of my party and my constituency,” he said.
“Since my re-election in Roscommon/South Leitrim more than fours years ago I'm honoured to have played my part as a member of the Government which has restored our nation’s sovereignty.
He added: “Roscommon Hospital will always be associated with my name. And I'll always take pride in the fact that not only is Roscommon Hospital safer, but has a long term future with a €20m investment plan taking place there.
Mr Feighan said he worked hard for his constituents and always tried to be “honourable and decent” .
“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me throughout my political career,” he added.
“My work as a TD continues. I will continue to fulfil my mandate as the local Fine Gael TD right up until Polling Day, whenever that may be, with energy and pride.”