Feighan not to contest election

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan announced Tuesday night that he will not now be seeking a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

“Even though my home town of Boyle and my base of North Roscommon had moved into the new Sligo-Leitrim/South Donegal/North Roscommon constituency, I had been asked to consider putting my name forward for selection to contest the Roscommon/Galway constituency even though I didn’t reside there.

“This was based on a number of factors, not least that I had been successful in two successive General Elections in the constituency of Roscommon/South Leitrim and my extensive political experience as a Government politician who delivered for the region.

“I have also said previously that I would only consider putting my name forward for the Roscommon/Galway selection convention to assist the party in the absence of Fine Gael finding a suitable candidate.

“That position for me has now changed given Senator Maura Hopkins has officially declared her intention to secure a party nomination and I wish Maura all the best in her endeavours.”

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