Returned ex-pat Breda Cahill has pulled out of the general election race in a shock move.
Last Thursday Breda withdrew from the election race 'with much regret' because of health reasons.
'I do not make this decision lightly but I have no choice due to health complications that necessitate surgery as a matter of urgency early in the New Year. In doing so, I thank all of those people who have expressed great support for me personally and for my policies when I announced that I would stand as an independent candidate in the Wexford constituency.
'It is with a heavy heart that I concede victory to the one thing that we all need the most but have little control over…our health. However, it is only a temporary setback and I will continue my work as a volunteer public advocate for the people of Wexford and also continue my charity work. Challenges serve to make us stronger while giving us time to heal and count our blessings.
'I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the people of Wexford to exercise their right to vote and honour those that suffered and died to give us that right. To not vote is to say that all is well with our country and our people and we all know that is far from the truth.
Ms Cahill who returned home to Bree in Enniscorthy three years ago with her son Brendan to look after her mother said that despite being forced to withdraw from the race she believes that the forthcoming election will be crucial for the country