Former minister is expected to be co-opted onto Westmeath County Council later this month
Former minister of state and Longford-Westmeath TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is on the verge of a shock return to the political arena.
Mr Moran is set to replace his son, Jamie, who yesterday resigned his seat on Westmeath County Council with immediate effect.
The former OPW minister revealed nomination papers confirming his candidacy were submitted yesterday evening.
He lost his Dáil seat in 2020 after serving four years as an elected TD for Longford-Westmeath as part of the Independent Alliance.
The 54-year-old Athlone based taxi driver has refused to dismiss talk of running for the Dáil at the next general election, should his co-option to the council be endorsed later this month.
"I am ruling nothing in and nothing out," he said, adding that his decision to return to the political fold had come after lengthy heart to heart talks with his wife, Michelle.
"First and foremost, I have to get back into the council and represent the people of Westmeath.
"It's (politics) in the genes, it's in my veins and my wife just said to me: 'You miss it don't you'. And to be honest, I do."
Mr Moran, who spoke previously of the “hell” he and his family suffered at the hands of social media trolls, told of how he had been inundated over the past 24 hours with messages of support over his prospective political return.
"I am back running my own business driving taxis and I am meeting people on a daily basis, so I know what is going on, what the issues are and what's affecting them," he added
He said while his co-option was not guaranteed, he expressed hope a "gentleman's agreement" which provided for an outgoing councillor to nominate their potential successor would be adhered to.
"I will work with all of the councillors that are there if they elect me. I just feel the people of south Westmeath have been let down by the Government.
"I feel Athlone, Moate and Kilbeggan has lost out over the last two years and no one has been shouting for them and I intend to be that voice.
"The hunger is still there and whatever level it is I will represent and serve the people to the very best of my ability."
Mr Moran's nomination is set to be determined at a meeting of Westmeath County Council on January 24.