Friday 27 April 2018

Son Ronan to seek nomination and continue mother's legacy

Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

THE son of Liz McManus last night vowed to win the Labour Party nomination in Wicklow and continue his mother's legacy in the Dail.

Ronan McManus, who is a councillor with Bray Town Council, said his mother will be a "very tough act to follow".

He will now seek one of two Labour nominations when the selection process begins.

Meanwhile, Leinster MEP Nessa Childers, whose father Erskine Childers was a TD for Wicklow, last night categorically ruled herself out of running in the General Election.

A spokesman for Ms Childers said she was focused solely on her job as an MEP and would not be seeking a nomination.

Labour sources claimed the party would seek to have two candidates representing the north and south of the county nominated between now and December. Mr McManus is favourite to win the nomination for the northern end.

Others such as Nicky Kelly, who contested the election last time with Ms McManus, and the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Tom Fortune, are seen as possible candidates.

Last night, Ms McManus said she had never explicitly encouraged any of her children to go into politics.

"The fact that he [Ronan] made that choice himself, knowing what political life is like, is significant," she said.

"At the end of the day, it's not up to any individual who will stand in Wicklow.

"There will be a convention and everyone will have an equal chance and at the end of the day, the members will make their choice."

Her son, who was first elected last year, said he had given an election run a lot of thought and will put his name forward.

"She's a very tough act to follow. I think she's been an absolutely fantastic representative for Wicklow.

"If I can achieve half of what's she's achieved in her life, I'll be a very happy man," said Mr McManus.

He admitted his mother's retirement would have a "certain impact" on how the votes might stack up in an election.

The constituency is currently represented by Fianna Fail's Dick Roche, former Fianna Fail TD Joe Behan, two Fine Gael TDs Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins and Ms McManus.

Under new Labour Party rules, prospective candidates must express an interest by letter and then go before an interview panel.

If they get through the interview, they then go before the local membership for a vote on who will be the candidate.

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