Fitzpatrick to stand as independent
Speculation is mounting that Dundalk TD Peter Fitzpatrick is intending to stand as an independent candidate at the next general election.
Deputy Fitzpatrick announced early last month that he would not be seeking a nomination to run for Fine Gael in the next election.
At the time he confirmed he was 'taking time to consider my future plans' but rumours began circulating soon after that he intends to run as an independent candidate.
Deputy Fitzpatrick has yet to make any formal announcement of his intentions, and the Argus understands that he is expected to make a statement after the Fine Gael selection convention is held at the end of the month.
Deputy Fitzpatrick's decision opened up the selection race for a host of potential candidates.
Sitting Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd has already confirmed his intention to run again in the south of the county.
Meanwhile in north Louth, sitting councillors John McGahon and Maria Doyle are busily canvassing the party faithful in a bid to secure a nomination.
Mid Louth Councillors Colm Markey and Dolores Minogue have also declared their intentions to seek the party's support to stand.
The selection convention, which was delayed for over a month, will now be held on September 27th.