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Browne to decide in March if he will run for the Dail again

On the mend veteran politician John Browne will wait until March to decide whether to run again for the Dáil and bid to retain seat he has held since 1982.

The Fianna Fáil stalwart has been recovering from major intentinal surgery he underwent in September and he is still not back to full health.

But, though he has yet to return to Leinster House, he has already been putting in a few half day shifts at his constituency office in Enniscorthy's Lower Church Street.

The 66 year old has also taken given a strong indication that he expects to be back at full throttle by taking on once more on the job of chairman at the Rapparees/Starlights GAA club.

However, vice-chairman Michael Doyle has been doing most of the work at Bellefield in recent weeks pending full recuperation by the politican.

'I have no inclination to give up at the moment,' said John Browne firmly this week. 'At the moment I intend to run but it depends on what the doctor says.

As speculation about an early General Election increases, he expects his party will hold a convention to select candidates for the Wexford constituency during the month April.

He will make his mind up before then. Meanwhile, he intends to return to the Dáil next week for the first time this term.

If he does opt to step down, he has an obvious readymade replacement on the ballot paper in his son James, who won a seat on Wexford County Council in last year's local elections.

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