Fitzer on solo run as McGahon steps in

Dundalk Councillor John McGahon has been selected to contest the next general election in Louth and East Meath by his party Fine Gael in the hope to succeed Peter Fitzpatrick who resigned from the party this week.
John was selected at the Fine Gael convention which was held in the Crowne Plaza in Dundalk last week. The convention had been due to take place last month but was postponed following the announcement from sitting TD Peter Fitzpatrick that he would be stepping down from his party before the next election.
It was agreed by party executives to put the convention date back to give prospective candidates time to canvass party members.
There were a number of candidates who put their names forward for selection including Dundalk councillors John McGahon and Maria Doyle.
Ardee councillor Dolores Minogue also added her name to the selection list along with Cllr Colm Markey from Togher, Cllr Paddy Meade from Lobinstown and Sharon Tolan from the Laytown/Bettystown area. Current TD Fergus O’Dowd also put his name forward as he bids to retain his seat.
The convention took place last Thursday evening with Cllr John McGahon impressing party members with a passionate speech. Ultimately it was decided that McGahon along with Fergus O’Dowd TD would go forward to contest the next general election for Fine Gael.
Meanwhile one of the worst kept secrets in local politics was finally confirmed on Tuesday evening as Peter Fitzpatrick TD confirmed that he has resigned from the Fine Gael party and intends to run in the next election as an independent candidate. In a statement released on Tuesday evening Fitzpatrick stated that he felt isolated within the party and felt now was the right time to leave.
“A number of weeks ago I confirmed that I would not be seeking the Fine Gael nomination to stand in the next General Election. I have today informed the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Chairman, Martin Heydon, that I have resigned as a member of the party and for the remainder of the current Dail I will represent the constituents of Louth and East Meath as an Independent TD.
“I will continue to represent the constituency with the same energy and commitment as before. The decision to resign from Fine Gael was a difficult decision to make. I have given 100% commitment during my time as a member of the party and have always been a team player. I backed the party when some very difficult decisions had to be taken, even when I did not agree with the party I always supported them.
“Unfortunately, over the past 15 months I have not been given the same support from Fine Gael as I had given them. My views were not always listened to and I felt isolated within the party itself. As most people know my Constituency office is one of the busiest in the country, open 5 days a week and accessible to all regardless of party loyalty. After careful consideration and with the help and advice of my family, close friends and constituents I have decided that I would like to continue my career in politics and as a result it is my intention to stand as an independent candidate in the next general election.
“If re-elected I will continue to fight for the constituency of Louth and East Meath to ensure that we receive our fair share of resources, jobs and investment. It would be a great honour for me personally to continue to represent the people of Louth and East Meath and as an Independent voice I feel we can have a stronger voice in the Dail,” concluded the statement.
John McGahon is the eldest son of Johnny McGahon and Mary McGahon and a nephew of former Louth TD Brendan McGahon.
John was born and raised in Dundalk. He attended Dún Dealgan National School and Dundalk Grammar school. He obtained a BA Honours degree in History & Politics from University College Dublin.
Speaking after his selection John stated that he was delighted to have been chosen and promised that the hard work begins now.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected by Louth Fine Gael members last night to contest the next General Election with Fergus O’Dowd TD. The hard work starts now to hold our second seat,” noted John.

This entry was posted in Articles. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.